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Forest run an eco boost

Last updated 05:00 27/05/2009

THE START: Walkers and runners at the beginning of the second Waipoua Forest fun run and walk at the weekend.

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The second Waipoua Forest run created a great atmosphere in an otherwise quiet season for the west coast.

People from Auckland, Christchurch and throughout Northland came into town and stayed overnight or for the weekend.

The locals stepped up to the occasion with St Johns, the Far North highway patrol, Opononi Lions Club, Maori wardens and the local rugby club all assisting with the event.

A group of Japanese tourists flew over with the Reborn Tourism Eco Tours for this event and to visit the Far North. They came especially for the race last year.

Far North District Council mayor Wayne Brown, Neil Tiller of the Kaipara Council and Labour MP Shane Jones all walked in the event and spoke at the end – showing their support for the event and the benefits of it for the region.

Stephen King of the Waipoua Forest Trust spoke about the importance of preserving the forest.

Ryan Donahue, first student over the finish line, was given the privilege by the Waipoua Forest Trust of planting a kauri tree.

Organisers thanked the council, Footprints Waipoua, Waipoua Forest Trust, The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga, Te Roroa Whatu Ora Trust and everyone who donated prizes, helped or took part.

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