November 19, 2018
Fast finisher sets Hawaiki Toa benchmark
Organisers of the first Hawaiki Toa are already looking at improvements that can help the endurance event translate to television screens.
Competitors from as far away as Australia took part in the event at Manukau's Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Manukau, where they were put through a run, swim and an obstacle course designed around a traditional Māori pā site.
Beez Te Waati says the advanced section winner, Makere Sciascia from Wellington, shows the sort of training and dedication needed to win.
"So that was an 8.5km race and Makere finished in 38 minutes. That's really quick so that gives us some anticipation for next year and how we will find the overall Hawaiki Toa for each section," he says.
The event succeeded in its aims of manaakitanga and encouraging Māori values.
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