IronMaori: Where it’s good to be a loser

IronMaori triathlon competitor sheds 60kg

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LOSING IT: IronMaori competitor Nicola Grace has lost 60kg since first entering the Hawke’s Bay event in 2010. She is confident she can better her time of last year today. (c) Fairfax NZ
 Nicola Grace didn’t own a bike or even a pair of bike shorts when she first entered IronMaori.

Three years later and 60kg lighter the Wellington woman wants to conquer the half Ironman in under seven hours.

She will be one of 2100 competitors taking part in a 2km swim, 90km bike and a 21.1km run in Napier this morning.

IronMaori was the brainchild of Heather Skipworth and Missy Mackey who wanted to encourage Maori to live a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading “IronMaori: Where it’s good to be a loser”

Tamati whānau going the distance for IronMāori

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Five years on since IronMāori began, it has now grown to seven events on the national calendar including across the ditch.  It’s been life changing for many, who put in hours of training.

But for Trina Tamati training means travelling back to New Zealand from Sydney every week.

With IronMāori tickets selling out in less than 10 minutes, this sporty trio were some of the 2500 to get their hands on some.

Training is a juggling game for Trina, the events manager for the NRL, who travels back to New Zealand from Sydney every week, and when she can, she makes it down to train with her dad Mike and Uncle Kevin in Hawke’s Bay.

The brothers, now both in their 60s, have done every individual event since it began in 2009.  Kevin, a former Kiwi from the mid-1980s, takes that same grit from the game to the circuit.

Within this family affair comes a competitive edge, all aiming to cross the finish line – with the fastest time.

By Aroha Treacher

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Big turnout for IronMāori three-leg race

The challenge was laid for the thousands of competitors of the IronMāori contest.

While cloudy overhead, nothing was going to overshadow a day that many had trained so hard for.

Competitors began with a 2km swim, which they took at their own pace.

Then came the transition into the 90km bike ride, some swimmers used all their energy in the first leg.

While some competitors posed for pictures, others took the race seriously.

90kms was the distance of the bike leg, racing up hills along Taihape road. Despite the long distance, some competitors enjoyed the race.

A 21.1km run followed in the form of a four-lap race. Supporters were placed all around the track, cheering on the competitors.

Despite the long distance, some of the competitors faces showed pure satisfaction in completing the race.

It’s not the end for some of the IronMāori competitors, next year more than 60 have registered to compete, which is double the distance of Iron Māori.

By Aroha Treacher

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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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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”

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”

IronMaori inspires Dave to make the most of life

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Dave Makea of Napier will be competing in the IronMaori Half Ironman at Pandora Pond this morning. PHOTO/Warren Buckland.

Dave Makea had to borrow a bike from his brother when he first entered Iron Maori. Five years later, 40kg lighter and armed with a bike of his own, as well as the attitude to conquer anything, the Hawke’s Bay man is determined to complete the IronMaori Half Ironman this morning.

He will endure the mentally, physically and emotionally challenging event, along with hundreds more expected to compete in the 2km-swim, 90km-cycle and 21.1km run.

Mr Makea said his triathlon journey began with some life-threatening news.

“It started back in 2009, when my doctor told me I wasn’t going to make it to 2010. It was a wake-up call.”

The 51 year old Napier Port worker has carried on ever since he started in 2010.

His first Ironman in that same year took him 10 and-a-half-hours to finish, but over the years he has gradually gotten better.

“I’m going to do it, because I can. That’s the attitude I have to have otherwise I will become a couch potato again.”

His exercise regime keeps him motivated, despite severe pain in his knees.

“During the winter season, I’m at the gym and at the pools, swimming. In the summer, I swim at Pandora Pond and cycle, either with my brother, wife or by myself.”

The enthusiastic sportsman is looking at completing this years event in under 9 hours, but would be over the moon with anything better. In the day leading up to the big event, he was planning to go for a short run, bike and swim to keep the momentum going.

As for advice for people in a similar situation to what he was in, Mr Makea said they need to start doing something.

“You need to get off your butt and so something, do anything. When you start, you need to pick yourself up, even when you are in a rut.”

Meanwhile Te Ururoa Flavell, the Maori Development Minister and Maori Party co-leader, will also be taking part in the event for the fourth time.

“It is an inspirational Maori event which encourages everyone, particularly our people to give it a go,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter about a person’s age or level of fitness it is about participation.I love it. I enjoy the whanau atmosphere of IronMaori. It is Whanau Ora in action.”

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