Yes the event was AWESOME and Yes this is the first of many. The day was a huge success with athletes, volunteers and supporters enjoying what can only be described as the perfect day. The photos really do say it all..... So Enjoy. Many thanks to the photo contributors, Tri Maori, Tipene Zister, James Brown and William Welsh.................TU MEKE WHANAU!!!
 
     
   
  Umupuia Marae Pre-Race Briefing  
   
     
   
     
   
  Ngai Tai Treasures Umupuia Marae  
       
   
  Tama your energy was infectious Whanau  
       
   
  Water safety Nice day for a swim  
       
   
  Triathlon start Focus  
       
   
  Ready, set.... GO!!  
       
   
  Swim Leg Going hard  
       
   
       
   
  Heading back in Coastguard awhi  
       
   
  End of the swim leg Eyeing up the transition area  
       
   
  Start of the cycle leg Start of the 5k  
       
   
  On ya bike Clevedon turning point  
       
   
  The view from the running leg Not an easy hill climb  
       
   
  Wow ....and wow again  
       
   
       
   
       
   
       
   
       
   
  Whaea manning the drinking station at transition Finish line  
       
   
  High five Yuss, done !!!  
       
   
  Waewae iti Waewae nui  
       
   
       
   
       
   
       
   
  Whanau Last man in....  
       
   
  ....and what a welcome he was given with a HAKA!! Prize giving  
       
 
Thank you sooo much Tama and Ariana for your awesome energy and focus. Also thank you to the water safety team lead by James, Dave and the Maraetai Coastguard. Thank you to Errol our race director, (Red Events), and Roy from Traffic Management NZ. Thank you to all the volunteers at the marae and on the course. Thank you to the organising committee for giving up your weekends to help co-ordinate the event. Thank you to the Umupuia marae committee for supporting this kaupapa. Thank you Mele Latoa from Auckland Council and Auckland Council...Also Thank you TPK, Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Trust and Tribal Trust, AKA Events and Leon Wijohn, thank you ASB community Trust, Te Wananga o Aotearoa and the Duder whanau. Thank you also to Wiremu Mato from Counties Manukau Sport, Chris, (First Aid), and Auckland Regional Park reps. Wayne Carlson and Tim Lowe.
 
     
  Well until next year take care and see you all on MOTUTAPU!!!!!