Tairua Trail and Tides looking for volunteers

12 Oct 2021

An enthusiastic committee of eight is getting set for the sixth Tairua Trail and Tides run/walk and they need a bunch of volunteers to help on the day. 

The popular community event is on Saturday, 6 November with the profits going towards maintenance and development of some of the loveliest trails and walkways in the area.

Event organiser, Sam Taylor, and her committee are keen to hear from people wanting to contribute, without competing, by acting as marshals. If you are passionate about getting outdoors and enjoying local nature, then volunteering at the event will help ensure continued access to local beauty spots for future generations. 

“Our three-course event requires a team of at least 30 volunteers to ensure maximum safety and minimal risk for all those taking part,” says Sam. “As well as locals, people living outside the town are also welcome to join our band of volunteers. Volunteering at a run/walk event is an inspiring and uplifting experience.

It’s a unique way to participate without having to race. And you don't need to have marshalled at an event before as full briefing and preparation will be provided. 

“Our volunteers play a pivotal role in the event by ensuring participants stay on course and they also give encouragement to competitors.”

One of the event’s first achievements was funding towards the Pepe loop walkway, which offers a pleasant, flat walk beside the Tairua Golf Course.

This year some of the proceeds will go to the Oceana Walkway, which have stunning views of the ocean and nearby islands. Sam says stage four of the Pauanui Tairua Walk/Cycle Trail will also get a boost through funds raised on the day.

Now a key part of Tairua’s events calendar, the Tairua Trail and Tides began when fitness enthusiast, Sam, was looking for a way to encourage others to become fitter while enjoying the beauty of the area. “It all started as a fundraiser for our community,” she says. “The goal was to give back to the community by creating opportunities for Tairua to be a fitter and healthier place.”

Sam believes the event is one of only a few that donates all proceeds to the local community. She praises her committee members for their enthusiasm to make it a success.

Andy Bolton, project manager of the Pauanui Tairua Walk/Cycle Trail, one of the projects benefitting from the Tairua Trail and Tides, says the event organisers have always been very generous. “We have had several thousand dollars from this event so far and I understand they will be doing the same this year,” he says. “We are very grateful for any help, particularly from the Tairua Trail and Tides. Donations from this will be put towards work on the northern side of the trail from Tairua to Hikuai.

“We are still in the planning stage of this at the moment and preliminary alignments have been carried out.”

To register your interest in volunteering for this year’s Tairua Trail and Tides, please email tairuatrailandtides@gmail.com.

Pictured - The Tairua Trail and Tides committee during an early morning get-together. From left to right: Treena Lloyd, Julie Erceg, Kirsty Law, Sam Taylor  and Emma Sanders-Edwards. Absent from the photo are Stefanie Haddock, Jenna Arnel and Kirsty Tennent.