Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Police take to Kaituna River in annual raft race


Police take to Kaituna River in annual raft race

On Saturday March 12, 168 Police staff from around the North Island will compete for glory in the annual New Zealand Police National Raft Race on Rotorua's Kaituna River.

Forty-two teams of four people will compete in the event, coming from as far away as Wellington and Northland.

The event is in its third year, with the race being held on a 1.2 kilometre stretch of the Kaituna River. The course includes seven sets of Grade Three rapids, and three waterfalls – one of which is the world's highest commercially rafted wwaterfall.

Event organiser, Constable Aaron Holloway from Bay of Plenty District Headquarters, describes the race as "socially competitive".

"This is a highly contested event which has grown significantly from the nine teams who competed in the inaugural event. The rules state that there is to be no "grabbing" of other rafts – however competitive contact between the rafts is encouraged!

"This is a spectacular part of the country, and we are lucky to have the Kaituna River on our backdoor step. It’s the perfect location for the Police National Raft Race."

Constable Holloway says there will be seven heats held across the day, with the final expected to take place between 5pm and 6pm.

Teams enter the Kaituna River at Okere Falls, and raft over three waterfalls to reach the official start line below the Tutea Falls. One member from each team stands on a metre high rock, jumping into the river and swimming to the raft to officially start the race.

This year there will also be a womens only heat, with the winner of the heat receiving a winner's medal as well as entry into the finals. A river surfing race is also included on the programme, with 30 people entered in that event.

Constable Holloway says a Department of Conservation walking track adjacent to the Kaituna River provides excellent vantage points for supporters and members of the public.

For further information, check out www.nzpolicerafting.co.nz

-ends-


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Welcoming The Major Health Reforms

Usually “reform” of government agencies is a cost cutting exercise in disguise, but this morning’s revision of the health system looks totally different. These reforms amount to the biggest shake-up of the health system since the neo-liberal reforms of the early 1990s, which have now been completely reversed. Good. The main ingredients announced by Health Minister Andrew Little this morning have included the setting up of a new and truly independent Maori Health Authority... More>>

 

The Conversation: If We Want To Improve NZ’s Freshwater Quality, First We Need To Improve The Quality Of Our Democracy
Since the fatal Havelock North campylobacter outbreak in 2016, freshwater quality has rightfully been a major political issue in Aotearoa New Zealand... More>>

Government: Major Reforms Will Make Healthcare Accessible For All NZers

Putting a greater emphasis on primary healthcare and ensuring fairer access for all New Zealanders are two of the main drivers of health sector reforms announced today by Health Minister Andrew Little. “We are going to put the emphasis squarely ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>

ALSO:


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels