Missing mower puzzles riders

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 07:58 23/01/2013

Relevant offers

A group of mountainbikers fear trails at Lake Mangamahoe will soon become overgrown, after a mower they kept hidden in the bushes went missing.

New Plymouth Mountain Bikers president Shane Wilson said the mower, a green self-propelled rotary flasher used to keep growth on the sides of the tracks under control, was discovered missing last Wednesday.

Without it, blackberry will boom, spread across the trails and get twisted up in bikers' pedals, he said.

Club members had gone to use the mower but could not find it where they had left it.

"We usually hide it in the bush, cover it with a few branches, we've been doing it for years and never had any problems, but someone's taken a liking to it."

The mower, which is valued at about $3000 is too big to transport easily and the club has nowhere at Lake Mangamahoe to secure it.

"It's not a little mower. It takes two or three guys to lift it and you'd need a trailer to get it out, it wouldn't fit in the back of the car."

Mr Wilson said club members familiar with the bush had scoured it for the mower and despite the machine's khaki paint job, were sure it wasn't just well camouflaged.

"We've looked everywhere and asked everyone that uses it."

However, it's not the first time the mower's gone rogue.

"Once before a good samaritan came across it and it ended up at the police station."

But it wasn't there this time.

It was possible someone had mischievously hidden the mower.

"It could be someone playing a prank," Mr Wilson said.

The club is in the process of applying for grant money to buy a combination mower/mulcher which will cost $7000, but in the meantime have to resort to good old-fashioned elbow grease to keep the tracks clear.

"The only way we could do it is to get some of the guys down there with scrub cutters and weed whackers."

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Waitara's Jason Matthews
Master stroke

Waitara's Jason Matthews shows his class during the first day of the Fisher and Paykel Taranaki Easter Masters surf competition held at Arawhata on Friday.  

Frankley Rd New Plymouth
Rustic and elegant

Home's French Provincial design is part of a special lifestyle close to the city.

Adrian Oliver
Basics go begging for Airs

When you are playing with a depleted roster you generally have to do the basics right.

Warwick Lahmert
Spotswood deal to Southern

Spotswood United bounced back to thump defending champions Southern.

Clyde Bishop
Storm wreaks havoc

Tropical storm Ita downed trees and powerlines and drowned the Taranaki region.

Special offers
Opinion poll

What do you think of the NPDC's decision not to give iwi representation and voting rights?

Agree, it is great for democracy.

Disagree, iwi need to be engaged.

Don't care

Vote Result

Related story: Dismay as iwi voting rights denied

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

TDN rachel stewart

Riding Shotgun

with Rachel Stewart

with Gordon Brown

Second Thoughts

with Gordon Brown

Matt Rilkoff's perspective of comtempory life

The Rilkoff Files

Matt Rilkoff's perspective of contemporary life

tdn kathryn collumn

Under the Sky Tower

With Kathryn Calvert

Gordon Burnside

Gordon Burnside

The self-confessed bard of Brixton, offers views on life, politics and Akubra hats.

TDN The Weekend

The Weekend

with Glenn McLean

Family Notices
Small-celebrations-TDN

Celebrations

View marriage and birth notices from around the region

Small-Deaths-TDN

Death Notices

View obituaries from around the region