Track Opens

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

Wheels were whirring and smiles were broad as Ro­torua Pri­mary School pupils en­joyed some ac­tive fun on their new bike track.

Ro­torua Pri­mary School cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of its Bike Track and Trail on Wed­nes­day.

The school's new bike track and trail, and a fleet of bikes, are a part of the Bikes in Schools pro­gramme.

The Bikes in Schools initiative at Ro­torua Pri­mary School was funded by the Bike On New Zealand Char­i­ta­ble Trust, and Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil helps to fa­cil­i­tate the process for Ro­torua schools to be able to ac­cess equip­ment and build the bike tracks.

Prin­ci­pal Fred Whata said the school was ab­so­lutely ec­static and elated to be hav­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the bike track and trail.

“You can just see the pos­i­tive vibes, wairua and aroha that all of our kids have and their smiles. It's an ab­so­lutely aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion.”

Fred says this is the be­gin­ning of moun­tain bik­ing for all of the pupils.

He says there will be a man teach­ing their kids about bike safety, then the school will take ad­van­tage of all the bike ar­eas in the city, be­fore branch­ing out into the moun­tain bik­ing tracks of the Red­woods and wider com­mu­nity.

“It will build their con­fi­dence not just in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion but men­tally as well.”

He says there are plenty more ex­cit­ing things com­ing up for Ro­torua Pri­mary School, in­clud­ing open­ing its Esports Academy next term and set­ting up a so­lar sys­tem for re­new­able en­ergy.

He thanked Ro­torua mayor Steve Chadwick for tak­ing time out of her sched­ule to at­tend the open­ing.

Dur­ing the open­ing Steve Chadwick said it was a beau­ti­ful day for an event like this, and she was ex­cited to see the gar­dens, the play­ground and the school look­ing so beau­ti­ful.

“The most im­por­tant thing is for you to get on that lit­tle bike to­day, put your hel­met on, and learn how to bike and travel safe. This track is go­ing to give you those skills so it is part of your learn­ing, your mahi.”

She said she was proud to open this amaz­ing bike track and thanked all those who had a part in mak­ing it hap­pen.

“We are all pretty ex­cited about this bike track. Learn­ing how to ride means you can go places, and an­other great thing about rid­ing a bike is it helps keep you fit and healthy.”

Ahli Gil­lies, 6, en­joyed bik­ing mul­ti­ple laps of the track at the open­ing, and said it had been good to get out and ride on it.

She said she liked go­ing fast on the bike and the bumps and curves of the track were fun not scary.

Nathaniel Joseph-read, 7, said he also loved go­ing fast on bikes.

He said it was ex­cit­ing to ride on the track and he was thrilled that his school had it.

This is the fourth school in Ro­torua the Bike On New Zealand Char­i­ta­ble Trust has sup­ported.

Photo / An­drew Warner

Nathaniel Joseph-read, 7, is fo­cused as he puts his bik­ing skills to the test at the bike track and trail open­ing.

Photo / An­drew Warner

Ahli Gil­lies, 6, whizzes around the bike track at Ro­torua Pri­mary School.

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