Kaikohe Coast to Coast in­spires


Af­ter com­plet­ing the gru­elling 234km Coast to Coast event in the South Is­land, a group from Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Kaikohe have re­turned an in­spi­ra­tion.

Staff mem­bers Rod­ney Be­han-Kitto, Tu­manako Pawa and two stu­dents - and brother and sis­ter- Te Morehu and Kon­aAriki Hip­po­lite com­pleted the two-day race, kayak­ing, run­ning and cy­cling from the South Is­land’s West Coast to the East Coast.

Kura tu­muaki (prin­ci­pal) Marea Timoko says it is is a mas­sive ac­com­plish­ment.

‘‘They knew what to do and they were men­tally and phys­i­cally pre­pared. I am very proud for the stu­dents, staff and kura.’’

Timoko says the stu­dents have be­come role mod­els. Te Morehu and Kona-Ariki both achieved third place fin­ishes in the school age group rank­ings.

The group from the kura joined a wider team called Time2Train for the event. The Coast to Coast ran for two days from Fe­bru­ary 10.

Timoko joined Kona-Ariki and Time2Train’s Frank Hai­mona dur­ing a

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