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SHARE THE RIDE WITH WHANAU

MOUNTAIN BIKE ROTORUA SHARE THE RIDE WITH WHANAU

 

Bringing the sport of mountain biking to everyone

 

What is Share the Ride with Whanau?

 

In 2013, Mountain Bike Rotorua owner Takurua Mutu and his partner Jayne Hendrikse took her low decile, intermediate school class out mountain biking in the Whakarewarewa Forest, 5 minutes from the Rotorua city center. It was a revealing moment for the couple when one of the students asked if they were in Taupo. One of the world’s most popular bike parks, just a few minutes from their homes and the students didn’t even know it existed let alone having experienced it. That year, in partnership with co-owners Tuhua Mutu and Janine Kavanagh, the first iteration of what would become the Share the Ride programs was born.

 

Share the Ride with Whanau take families from the community who don’t have the means to buy new bikes and teaches riding skills, basic bike maintenance, provides familiarity of the forest services and trails and on successful completion of the 10 session program, brand new bikes and helmets.


Share the Ride with Whanau has been delivered successfully annually since 2015 to more than 50 families and over 70 bikes distributed to deserving members of the community.

Share the Ride with Whanau 2022 nominations are now OPEN!!!


Thanks to our friends at Giant Bikes NZ, Share the Ride with Whanau is back on for 2022. If you know a whanau who might not have the means to get out riding, but are awesome members of our community and can commit to the programme, then fill out the form and send it in. We’ll be choosing up to 25 people to be a part of this awesome kaupapa. Nominations close COB 26th April. Send your nomination to: tak@mdanz.com

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE