Nov. 22, 2021, 4:35 p.m.
The official opening of the newly-constructed ‘Korora Pump Track’ in Ahipara was attended by many children and families from the Far North over the weekend. The ceremony was attended by Northland MP Willow-Jean Prime and Councillor Felicity Foy and was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the CEO of Far North District Council, Sean Clarke. The long awaited day brought excitement and joy to the community as everyone was buzzing to ride on it with their scooters, bikes and skateboards.
“The kids, their smile, we haven’t seen this in our kids for a long time” said Felicity Foy. This is something special to the locals of Ahipara and the wider Te Hiku community because it’s something for everyone to share and the children within this community will enjoy for many years to come.
The idea of a pump track was suggested over a year ago with locals from the community group ‘Ahipara Aroha’, it was just a matter of how and where the funding could be sought and it’s all thanks to the Te Hiku Open Spaces Revitalisation Project and initial government's ‘shovel-ready funding’ that this came to fruition.
It's unique in the way it's designed to allow the riders to pump around the track using their momentum to cruise the curved asphalt surface as opposed to standard skate parks where you rely more on pedalling to create momentum. The track itself is a competition-grade track, the first of its kind in the Far North Community but not the last with another due to be completed in Kaitaia over the summer season.