Partners Life DUAL
Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse
Saturday 22 March, 2014
This sporting event is staged on one of the most scenic landscapes in New Zealand - the Hauraki Gulf islands of Rangitoto and Motutapu.
The Partners Life DUAL is a participant event offering trail run and walk, an off-road triathlon and mountain bike options. Click here for entry options. The event will be produced and managed by sports event management company - total sport.
The Partners Life DUAL is a once a year opportunity. At no other time throughout the year will people be able to participate in an event of this nature, and at no other time are mountain bikes allowed to be taken over to the island and ridden.
The Partners Life DUAL offers the opportunity for event goers and adventure seekers to experience the dual islands of Motutapu and Rangitoto by foot, on mountain bike or both including a swim in the spectacular Home Bay!
The entry numbers for the 2014 Partners Life DUAL Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse WILL be limited due to the nature of these two protected islands, so make sure you get in early!
The Motutapu Restoration Trust
The Partners Life DUAL event concept has been developed in conjunction with total sport and the Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT).
The key objectives of MRT are quite simple, they have a vision to replant large sections of Motutapu in native trees over the next 20 - 30 years, presently the MRT plant around 30,000 native trees annually. By participating in the Partners Life DUAL event, you will make a difference to the world you live in, as you will be directly contributing to the planting campaign undertaken by MRT.
To see more on what the MRT does, click here; www.motutapu.org.nz You can also visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MotutapuRestorationTrust
Visit www.fundraiseonline.co.nz and support the Motutapu Restoration Trust.
Help look after these islands...
Motutapu and Rangitoto are recreational reserves that are administered by the Department of Conservation. Both islands are now completely pest-free which means there are no non-native pest animals such as rats, mice, stoats, possums, feral cats etc.
Endangered takahe and tieke/saddleback were released onto the islands at the celebration of their pest-free status in August 2010. Since then native fish (red fin bully and koura/freshwater crayfish), endangered tuturuatu/shore plover and popokotea/whitehead have been released. Now it’s your turn to do your bit to ensure the islands remain a safe-haven for these special native species..
Click here to download Department of Conservations "Dual Biosecurity Notes" (302kb pdf)
Department of Conservation - Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands restoration project - visit the web site
More New Island Residents
Our translocation programme continues
in full swing taking advantage of the 90 hectare volunteer planted forest. The
native fruiting forest is proving an ideal habitat for our translocated species.
We now have 17 takahe roaming the island, 7% of the planet's population and the largest group outside of Fiordland. A number of them have paired up and currently we are anxiously waiting for them to move their relationships up to the next level and produce for us some native Motutapians. We know many 2013 DUAL participants and supporters enjoyed the opportunity of seeing the takahe at Home Bay. We've proved that conservation and recreation make great bedfellows and now our translocated endangered species are getting in on the act. The takahe is a very special species having been declared extinct for 100 years before being rediscovered in an isolated alpine valley west of TeAnau in 1948.
Seven Coromandel brown kiwi have also successfully settled in and we hope to relocate up to 40 of these endangered birds over the next 4-5 years. The planting programme, weedbusting and nursery volunteer efforts all continue unabated. The restoration is now into its 19th year of operation. We are always looking for more volunteers to enable us to collectively accelerate progress on the nation's largest restoration project.
We are very much looking forward to the 2014 DUAL event after the very successful 2013 Partners Life DUAL.