Tararua revs up for Local Events

Visitors have flocked to Tararua events over the past two weekends, boosting our economy, putting the district in the spotlight and showcasing all we have to offer.

The 60th anniversary Woodville Motocross, New Zealand’s largest motocross event, on January 27-28 was a resounding success.

This year, for the first time, Woodville hosted the New Zealand Motocross Championships in conjunction with the Woodville GrandPrix, with top riders battling it out for titles over two days.

With 620 riders taking part, over the two days a crowd of 3,500 were treated to some spectacular dirt bike action.

Photo: Keen young riders watch some of the action.

“I have heard it was the best year yet,” Deanne Parkes, Tararua Recreational Advisor, said. “The track was awesome and those taking part in the mini events had a great time.”

The event was an opportunity for riders of all ages to take to the track, with the Tararua Alliance sponsoring the mini track and Tararua District Council sponsoring the Master Race this year.

“Our local youths love taking part and watching other riders,” Tararua District Mayor, Tracey Collis said. “It was a cracker two days.”

On Sunday, 30 January, the Dannevirke Wheels Club hosted a very successful Wheels with Attitude show at the Dannevirke A&P Showgrounds. If it had wheels, it was likely you could spot it in the oval where visitors picnicked amongst the cars or tucked into offerings from the food stalls.

This was the 24th year the show has been run and spokesperson, Michelle Thompson, said they were very pleased with the turnout.

“It was a very busy day, with 570 vehicles of all makes and models rolling into the showgrounds oval,” she said. “The public/visitor carpark was full and we had an overflow of vehicles on display in the oval.”

Photo: Vehicles of all makes gleaming in the sun.

 This was a great day out for the whole family with vehicles of all makes, models, sizes and styles on display, with polished, gleaming chrome and sparkling paint jobs the envy of many.

Michelle said the club received a lot of positive feedback from the event which also included a swap-meet that is growing in popularity every year as enthusiasts try to find that missing piece for their restoration puzzle or sell spare parts.

“This year we had a gentleman come down from Auckland for the swap-meet,” she said.

Over the past weekend, 5 -7 February, the Dannevirke and Districts A&P Show was held, with a strong presence from the Tararua District Council.

Council’s Emergency Management Team joined with the New Zealand Army, Fire and Emergency NZ and the NZ Police to create a shared site for the show. The site focused on promoting safety and emergency preparedness with displays, activities and competitions for both adults and children.

Council’s Library and Animal Control teams were also at the show promoting the different services they provide. The Animal Control team’s site had activities and information to help people be safe around dogs and on Saturday, traditionally “people’s day,” the Library team were busy with activities, stories and freebies.

Also attending the show again this year was the Tararua Alliance – a collaborative working agreement between Tararua District Council and Downer NZ. Tararua Alliance is responsible for managing Council’s roading network and water, wastewater, and stormwater reticulation infrastructure across the district. The site focused on raising awareness of the Alliance and the services it provides.

Also over the past weekend, Norsewood’s Mathew’s Park was turned into a unique and authentic Viking village for the second year in a row. With even more Vikings than last year and a battle between them and the Knights, this was a stunning way to celebrate all the honorable warriors and knights of the Viking era.

The weekend attracted visitors, performers and stallholders from around New Zealand, with archery, axe throwing, spinning and weaving, food stalls, children’s activities and a traditional blacksmith. The original Viking fjord horses also made an appearance.


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