North Shore Times : January 8th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 8, 2013 NEWS Trial opens up two islands to cyclists A mountain bike hire trial is pro- posed for Rangitoto and Motutapu islands. The Department of Conservation is proposing a three-year trial that would involve allowing groups of up to eight mountain bikers to use hired bikes with or without a guide. Using bikes that are kept on the islands would help ensure the islands are kept safe from animal and plant pests and plant diseases, DOC says. Pests have been removed enabling the release of threatened native wildlife including the Coro- mandel brown kiwi and takahe on Motutapu and tieke (saddleback) on to both islands. Hired bikes would be allowed on designated roads on Rangitoto and all roads on Motutapu -- except the road in the Motutapu Outdoor Rec- reation Centre area. It s proposed that guided groups could also ride on some tracks on Motutapu during certain times of the year. The trial would be monitored to assess the impact of the mountain biking on the 130,000 people who visit the islands every year and the environment. Public submissions are open until March 15, 2013, along with other proposals for Rangitoto and Motutapu in the 2014-2024 draft Auckland Conservation Manage- ment Strategy. Currently the only opportunity for mountain biking on Rangitoto and Motutapu is during The Part- ners Life DUAL, an annual event held in March. Umpires keep an eye on the prize WIN To enter email north@ snl.co.nz with Cricket Giveaway in the subject line. Entries close Friday noon. With summer here, there is no better way to a spend a sunny day than with friends and family enjoying fresh air, good food and New Zealand s favourite summer sport. And Specsavers is stepping up to the crease in support of New Zealand s domestic cricket umpires this summer, helping to keep their eyesight sharp during the cricket season. We have two Specsavers sum- mer prize packs to give away. The prize packs are worth $600 each and include: A cooler bag Five cricket hats Five GA passes to the Auck- land Aces v Central Staggs game at Eden Park on January 15, 2013 Two pairs of Specsavers glasses valued up to $500 (with single vision PENTAX lenses).
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