Health & Wellbeing
Te Houtaewa Māori Charitable Trust welcomes you all to Te Hiku O Te Ika (The Tale of The Fish). To help ensure an enjoyable and memorable time for all entrants, supporters, media and sponsors, please read the following information carefully as it constitutes the rules and race conditions of the Te Wero o Te Houtaewa 2022.
Your participation in this event is at your own risk.
Your entry is strictly personal and non-transferable.
Runners must always wear their own official race numbers when competing.
Race numbers issued by Te Wero o Te Houtaewa on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) Organisers identify the official entrants in the race.
Folding, cutting, intentional alteration of any kind or failure to wear the race number is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification. Your race number must be placed high on the FRONT of your singlet or t-shirt where it is clearly visible.
All athletes shall follow the directions and instructions of all race officials and public authorities.
Runners must also be aware that as Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) is a designated road, so the rules of the road apply.
Relay vehicular traffic must always keep to the LEFT of the runners.
The organisers and sponsors of the event may have the use of your name, voice or picture in any broadcast, telecast, advertising promotion of this event.
If you have a medical problem, which might lead to an emergency, please let us know, so we can have this information included on your Race ID, alternatively, put a cross on the front of your race number and write the details on the reverse of your race number, especially your medication. Wear appropriate clothes for the weather and distance. Start the race well hydrated and drink regularly as you lose a lot of fluid ‘insensibly’.
Support Stations will have basic first aid kits and staff in attendance and are positioned every 3kms. St John’s personnel are available at the race finish line. If you feel distressed, please go to the nearest Support Station for assistance.
Race Headquarters will be established at Korou Kore Marae, Ahipara, on Friday 25th March 2022. Hours: 05:30 am to 10:00 pm.
A bus and baggage service will be provided for the Ultra Marathon, Marathon and Half-Marathon entrants only to the each of the race starts. Baggage containers will be provided at the start of each location and be transported to the Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust HQ's at Paripari Domain 163 Foreshore Road, Ahipara for collection, then Korou Kore Marae, Saturday evening and by correspondence after.
Support Stations will be located on the course every 3 kilometres with at least water, bananas, flat coke, sandwiches, sweets, chips etc.
Te Houtaewa Village at Paripari Domain on 163 Foreshore Rd, Ahipara on Saturday 19th March commencing at approx 3.30 pm. This will be the formal recognition and all registered entries must be at the ceremony and not represented, and you will forfeit any additional taonga (prize).
All entries who finish the Te Wero o Te Houtaewa are champions, the mauri (the essence of the kaupapa), that enables us to celebrate each year. Each registered entry will receive a peke of taonga, hand selected for this annual event.
(Please note this does not include the koha event, registrations)
Full results will be posted on the website within the following week.
Te Houtaewa Village at Paripari Domain on 163 Foreshore Rd, Ahipara on Saturday 26th March commencing at approx 3.30 pm. This will be the formal recognition and all registered entries must be at the ceremony and not represented, and you will forfeit any additional taonga (prize).
HEALTH & WELLBEING
TE HOUTAEWA CHALLENGE
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Ko tōu reo, ko tōku reo, te tuakiri tangata.Tīhei uriuri, tīhei nakonako!Ko Kurahaupo te wakaKo Pohurihanga te rangatiraKo Maungapiko te maungaKo Parengarenga te moanaKo Waiora te maraeKo Ngāti Kuri te iwiHe uri tēnei nō ngā iwi o Muriwhenua. Kua roa nei te wā e noho ana ki te rohe o Ngāti kahuwhakaako tamariki ana.
The 42 km Marathon Challenge begins at North Hukatere beach and follows the ultramarathon route to Ahipara. Our marathon challenge is the perfect opportunity for you to push yourself as fast as you can across a long distance while feeling the soft sand underfoot as you make your way to the finish line!
What makes this run unique is that you will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. As a participant, you will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and you will be challenged with the task of returning the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
Transport to the start line is included for all Individual Marathon Runners Event
Confirmation of transport is essential and we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment
A bus will be departing the Paripari Domain and Marae in Ahipara and Kaitaia old Pak n Sav. Please check with your race event timetable.
The bus to the start line will depart at the Kaitaia old Pak n Sav and will take you to the start line.
There will be baggage bins provided at the start line for the runner’s personal belongings, and personal belongings will be available for collection at THMCT Container HQ’s at Paripari Domain, Ahipara.
This unique challenge is the opportunity to come together as a team and support one another as you each take on a leg of the ultra-marathon course. This special relay is the moment for everyone and anyone to get their toes wet in the sport of running.
What makes this relay unique is that you each will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. The first member of the team will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and it will be your team’s task to pass the kumara to each member and return the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
Your team must supply their own 4×4 vehicle with a designated team driver who will be there to support the running members by driving along the beach to the start point of each leg.
Half the distance with all the glory, the half marathon is a perfect opportunity for anyone to get their toes wet in unique running experience. Beginning at North Waipapakauri ramp this race is a relaxed challenge to the festival finish in Ahipara.
What makes this run unique is that you will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. As a participant you will receive a kumara (sweet potato) at the starting line and you will be challenged with the task of returning the kumara back to Paripari Domain.
The youth version of a Marathon Team Relay. Exactly the same in terms of requirements to participate but sponsored by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust to ensure that this korero will be here for Mokopuna of tomorrow.
This is created by Tamariki for Tamariki, following in the footsteps of our Tupuna and the Wero “Te Houtaewa Challenge”, known for his incredible athletic abilities.
In teams of six, you will form a relay team where you will all participate in the 42km Marathon course, each completing 6km of the journey towards the finish line of Paripari Domain, Ahipara. At the end of the relay, you will be welcomed into a festival where your whanau and friends are encouraged to come along to help cheer you and your team in.
Anyone that’s a taitamariki/youth!
Taitamariki/youth is any persons between the ages of 13 – 22 years old, so anyone aged between 13 – 22 years old can enter and be part of the Taitamariki Ultra Team Relay Challenge.
We want this challenge to be inclusive to all youth in our community so we encourage anyone in this age range to come together, form a team and take part in the challenge!
We want to break down the financial barriers for our taitamariki (youth) in order for them to be a part of this challenge! Register a team and together decide, what and how you will contribute.
KOHA – (Maori custom of a gift, present, offering, donation, or contribution) toward this event.
It is up to you to form a team! You can team up together with classmates from school, like a sports team, as a church group, as a whanau or just as a unique team!
Some things to know
The challenge takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 at 8:15 AM.
The challenge begins at Hukatere on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach) and finishes at PariPari Domain, 163 Foreshore Road, Ahipara. 19
As this race takes place on Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (Ninety Mile Beach), we recommend 4×4 wheel drive vehicle in order to handle the soft terrain.
The relay is a 6-person team with each team member running a distance of 6km. The changeover will be in accordance with standard rules whereby athletes must touch hands in the designated transition area.
In case of injury or illness during the race which forces the athlete to abandon the competition, the next stage runner may start immediately after an official has verified the situation.
All participants are expected to carry a kumara and every team relay member to collect and carry the additional kumara at each designated station. Teams must All cross over the finish line together. All participants are to “return a kumara” to the Village Pātaka.