The Hillary – Te Ara Tūhura
Karanga mai ko Te Kawerau ā Maki
Mai Ōtakamiro ki Paratūtai
kei reira e takoto ana a Nga Rau Pou ā Maki me Te Wao Nui ā Tiriwa
Na Maki te mana me te rangatiratanga!
Te Kawerau ā Maki and Lactic Turkey Events welcome you to participate in Wild Auckland Series event 4 at Piha, including the 50km ultra distance which follows The Hillary – Te Ara Tūhura trail running event. This annual trail run around the coastal perimeter of the Waitākere Ranges will push your body while rewarding your soul with the beautiful vistas and nature on offer. Follow in the footsteps and spirit of exploration of Sir Edmund Hillary and the people of Te Kawerau ā Maki who call the trail ‘the pathway of exploration.’
Te Kawerau ā Maki are the tangata whenua (indigenous people) of the Waitākere Ranges which they know by the proper name ‘Nga Rau Pou ā Maki’ (the many posts of Maki). The great forest that covers the ranges is known as ‘Te Wao Nui ā Tiriwa’ (the great forest of Tiriwa). The trail is made up of several traditional trails that run from Arataki, through Nihotupu, Karanga ā Hape (Cornwallis), Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Anawata, Te Henga, to Muriwai. Many of the resources and landscapes along the journey are considered taonga (treasures) or wāhi tapu (sacred) to Te Kawerau ā Maki. In addition there is currently a rāhui (customary prohibition) and government closures over the forested area to protect and heal their precious kauri trees and wider environment from a kauri disease (Phytophthora agathidicida) and other impacts.
Te Kawerau ā Maki asks participants to take on the ethic of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) when in this space and to respect their tikanga (customs) by:
- acknowledging the forest before entering it (or at the start of the race)
- keeping strictly to open tracks only – it is a cultural and legal offense to leave the track for any reason
- keeping all footwear and equipment spotlessly clean before entering, during the event by using the provided wash stations and upon leaving tracks
- respecting the environment and cultural sites by not littering or toileting
- avoiding arguments particularly when within areas of forest
- considering cleansing with clean water at the start and finish of the event to whakanoa
- give back to the environment – a proportion of event proceeds will be directed to local community and environmental groups, but consider other steps you could take to give back to the mauri (health) of the Waitākere Ranges
Te Kawerau ā Maki and Lactic Turkey Events hope you enjoy the event and our wonderful environment, and thank you for helping us protect this taonga for the future.