IronMāori quarter-marathon a success

The IronMāori competition has been running for over 10 years now and it’s getting bigger and better. Organisers say that today is a warm up quarter-marathon for the half-IronMāori set for next month here in Napier.

Tame Iti is registered in the half-IronMāori, but was approached at the last minute to fill in the cyclist’s position for another team, which gave him the chance to check out the course for next month.

Tame believes, “it’s good to see how the road is, and to see the landmarks of Kahungunu in Hastings.”

The IronMāori journey is seen as a milestone for many Māori in proven determination to better their health and living.

By Mere McLean

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Friday Fartlek Session: Sisyphus Session

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This session is a great way to enhance your power and leg strength from running 5kms through to the half marathon. Sisyphus was a greedy and deceitful Greek king who got sentenced to rolling a boulder up a hill, to then watch it roll back down before repeating again until eternity. This session is a bit like that, but it doesn’t go on to eternity.

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IronMāori helping whānau to succeed

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Before and after: Ashley Te Whare was overweight and unfit. Now in the best shape of his life, he competes in several triathlon events around New Zealand.

Ashley Te Whare (Tainui, Ngāti Kahungungu) is in the best shape of his life since starting Ironmāori.

Find out how Ironmāori changed the life of North Shore’s Ashley Te Whare.

When 37 year-old Ashley Te Whare first entered the half IronMāori triathlon in 2011, he thought it’d be his last. Continue reading “IronMāori helping whānau to succeed”

Chef Ray: Macaroni Cheese with Green Veges

Tri Training NZ

From: Unknown Author (May 2015) 10 Favourite Pasta Recipes in Healthy Food Guide

Serves 4


  • 300g macaroni pasta
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • oil spray
  • spring onions, chopped
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan 
  • 4 cups salad greens
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic dressing (made with 2 parts balsamic vinegar to one part olive oil)
  1. Cook macaroni following packet directions. Add beans and peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta and vegetables. Return to the pan and cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a medium-sized saucepan with oil. Cook onions over a medium heat for 2 minutes, or until softened. Whisk together milk and cornflour until smooth, then pour into saucepan whilst stirring. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan, pasta and vegetables. Serve with salad and combined olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

Although I’m not a qualified chef I do like to pretend I’m on Master Chef. I source the recipes from the stated source (not sauce) and make them taking the photo of the meal I produce for myself.


IronMaori triathlon catching on as path to fitness

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IronMaori Taranaki competitors prepare for the swim section.

The IronMaori way of life is taking hold across the region, with more people than ever getting involved.

About 650 competitors turned up on Saturday to take part in the triathlon, which was held in Hawera for the first time. A children’s race was also held on Friday night.

IronMaori organiser Heather Skipworth said the number of people taking part in Taranaki had increased every year since it was first held in Waitara in 2013. Continue reading “IronMaori triathlon catching on as path to fitness”

June Client of the Month: John Humphries

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Tri Training NZ
At the finish line of Ultraman Australia, Coach Ray holding the flag.

John Humphries is this months ‘Client of the Month’. John always trains hard and religiously sticks to his training programme. He has overcome a number of challenges with his training. This is his story.

My Journey with Qwik Kiwi… by John Humphries

After finishing the hardest endurance event of my life of Ultraman Australia, being a total of 515 kms, of swimming 10 kms, cycling 420 kms and running 84.3 kms, with Coach Ray beside me every step of the way, either in the support vehicle, running beside me, or pacing up and down the beach while I completed the swim with my 12 year old safety paddler Lily, I knew I wanted to write an article about my journey with Qwik Kiwi, not just to thank Ray Boardman and his athletes who supported my journey all the way, but to possibly encourage others who are seeking a Coach and to tell them about my journey with Qwik Kiwi. Continue reading “June Client of the Month: John Humphries”

Controlling the Controllables

Marathon Coaching NZ

I recently had the privilege of meeting Professor Gary Hermansson – Sports Psychologist for the NZ Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams since 1998 (that is 10 games). I attended a couple of presentations he conducted and spent a bit of time talking with him before and after his presentations. I learned a lot and will incorporate some of the strategies he discussed with specific athletes. Continue reading “Controlling the Controllables”