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IRONMĀORI coming to Taupō

The Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board is delighted to confirm it has secured the iconic IRONMĀORI event to be held in Taupō next year.

The new event will be called IRONMĀORI TAUPŌ-NUI-A-TIA and will take place on 18 March 2017.

Chief Executive Topia Rameka says the Trust Board is proud to be the main sponsor and is committed to making the event a success.

“IRONMĀORI TAUPŌ-NUI-A-TIA will be an exciting and fun event that is open to everyone,” he says.

“For Ngāti Tūwharetoa, this kaupapa is really important – it’s about supporting and encouraging healthy lifestyles for the whole whānau and community.

“We will be encouraging as many locals as possible to enter the event, and to give our Tūwharetoa whānau a bit of extra motivation we’ll be offering them subsidised entry fees.”

IRONMĀORI Founder Heather Skipworth says IRONMĀORI is continuing to grow in popularity, and will be held in five locations around New Zealand in 2017.

“We are expecting around 15,000 participants overall, with Napier hosting five of the 10 events this coming year,” she says.


  • Tamariki (children) event

  • Team of 2 or Individual

  • Swim 100m, then run 1km

  • Rangatahi (youth) event

  • Team of 3 or Individual

  • Swim 500m, then bike 10km, then run 2km

  • Adults’ event

  • Team of 3 or Individual

  • Swim 600m, then bike 20km, then run 5km

  • All IRONMĀORI TAUPŌ-NUI-A-TIA events are open for registration from 14 December 2016, for individuals and teams of two (2) for the Tamariki event and three (3) for Rangatahi and Adult events. Taupō and Turangi locals can register in person at the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board offices.

Costs to enter are at IRONMĀORI standard prices. For more information visit

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