Ehara tēnei kaupapa mā te hunga manawa kiore, koianei tētahi o ngā rēhi papatoiake o te ao ki te Tonga, ā, e whakanuia ana tōna huritau ono tekau.
E ai ki te kaiwhakahāere e ai ki a Lee Barton, “Kawerau King of the Mountain 60th anniversary this year started in 1955 and it’s been growing in stature ever since so we’ve got a really big race this year and we’ve actually got 6 Kawerau Kings on the start line this year from the last 30 years, we’ve got the there’s about 120 children in the school relays and then we have just under roughly 200 in the Prince and Princess of the Mountain Race where we have about 200 as well.”
Nā te tokomaha o te hunga rēhita I tēnei tau kua eke noa atu te nui o nga kaiwhakataetae nō tōna timatanga. Māmā noaiho te kite i te paihere o te hapori kia tutuki pai ai ngā mahi.
Ki tā Barton, “We’ve got volunteers ranging from 14 years of age out of Tarawera High School all the way through to Land Search and Rescue and everything in between we got ambulance people, we got Māori Wardens we’ve got local community patrol groups so it’s a pretty big army of volunteers we got from the whole of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.”
He kaupapa tēnei e whakamātau ana i te kaha o ngā kairēhi, hēoi ko tētahi atu whāinga ko te whakamana I te hunga rangatahi.
Ki tā tetahi o ngā pia o Te Wharekura o Whatatau, “He kaupapa miharo ki a hau ki toku whanau he miharo ki a hau kit e whakapakari I taku tinana ia tau ka hara mai ahau ki tenei oma.”
Ko te whakatau a Manawa Hoskin, “ki te whakapakari I toku tinana me I tohu mai toku kuia kit e mahi n ate mea pai mot e tinana.”
Kua waia a Hamiora Hooper, tekau mā whā tōna pakeke ki te rēhi Prince and Pincess, heoi he tuatahitanga mōna kia tū ki te taha o ngā kaiwhakataetae mo te taitara Kingi me te Kuini o te maunga.
Ki tā Hamiora, “oh Im feeling good, confident ready for the mountain, it’s a cool event its an achievement for everyone to do.”
He kaipara pūkenga nui a Hamiora, ko te aroha o te whanau tōna tuara, ko te nuinga o rātou kua whai wāhi kē ki tēnei kaupapa I ngā tau kua pahure, a ko tōna whaea me tōna papa ētahi.
KO te kii o tōna papa a Dean, “It’s my 15th year on the maunga, my wife and I my wifes done it 6 years as well so sort of time to step down now and let the younger ones take our place.”
Kua kitea e te kaiwhakataetae autāia, kaimahi taiohi hoki, a Lee Barton te mana o tēnei tama. Kua tū a ia ki tō Hamiora taha ki te akiaki I a ia, otirā ki te whakapakari i tōna tinana me tōna wairua mo tēnei wero nui.
Ko tā Dean ano, “Just wanna take the opportunity to thank him hes puta a lot of time and effort into Haami but hes also willing to take other people on you know that’s the sort of person he is so bi ups to Lee it’s a good event its good to see all the young children going in it theres actually heaps of talent in Kawerau and people here wikling to take them on board and gve it a crack.”
Ko te taima tere rawa mo ngā pakeke I tēnei tau he wha tekau ma ono mineti me te tekau hēkona, ahakoa ko tēnei tana tau tuatahi ki te taha o te hunga pakeke, ko Hamiora te kainoho tuatahi nō Kawerau I hoki mai, he Kotahi haora me te whitu mineti tōna roa. Hei tāpiri ake, i whakawhiwhia a ia ki te tohu Spirit of the Mountain mō tōna kaha.
Ka huri te aro inaianei ki te tau e tu mai nei .