End of the road for street battle
It’s the end of the road for Paeroa’s major Battle of The Streets.
Paeroa Promotions Trust, which organises the event, said it will be discontinued.
“After much consideration, Paeroa Promotions Trust has made the difficult decision to discontinue the Battle of the Streets event.
“Rising costs and decreasing spectator numbers have brought about this decision,” the trust said.
“The Trust wishes to offer its heartfelt thanks to Hauraki District Council, Auckland Motorcycle Club, Motorcycling New Zealand, event sponsors and the community of Paeroa for their unwavering support of this iconic event over the last 27 years.
“Also, a very special thank you to all competitors who have risen to the challenge of The Hacksaw, providing simply breath-taking spectator viewing along the way.
“Lastly, thank you to our invaluable volunteer groups of Paeroa and Hauraki for giving so generously of their time and expertise. Without them this event simply wouldn’t have existed.”
Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says the event’s enormous contribution to the town will not be forgotten.
“The community has gained so much from this event, not just economically, but in less tangible ways as well. It quite literally set the wheels in motion to rejuvenate the town and turn it into the vibrant rural community it is today. It really was the catalyst that put Paeroa on the map,” he said.
He said Council supported the event in a number of ways for many years, but feels the Trust has made the right decision.
“Of course I’m sad to see this iconic event reach the finish line, but I wholeheartedly support the Trust in making this difficult decision. They’ve done the right thing,” Mr Tregidga said. Over 27 years, the Battle of the Streets has provided more than $700,000 in grants to local community groups, honouring the founders of the Battle of the Streets and their mission to raise funds for charitable purposes for the benefit of the Paeroa community.
While the Trust says while it is saddened to have to call time on ‘the Battle’, it is proud of what has been achieved over the lifetime of the event.
“It’s a true celebration of community at its best. From three blokes sharing a few beers and an idea… it’s been a hell of a ride,” the Trust said.
Paeroa streets transformed in to a circuit for the annual Battle of the Streets.