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Bikes in Schools recognised in award

Tairawhiti Connext Charitable Trust’s Bikes in Schools initiative has been awarded a merit in the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) 2018 Recreation Awards.

“Connext Trust is delighted to have had the Bikes in Schools Tairawhiti programme acknowledged,” says trust manager Jo Haughey.

The project, nominated in the Outstanding Project category, was in highly esteemed company, she said.

The category was won by Tauranga City Council for Kopurererua Valley — Tauranga’s 364 hectare inner-city park development project, in which a toxic, overgrown, weedy valley was turned into an outstanding natural environment.

Bikes in Schools was established three years ago with the goal of providing schoolchildren with access to bikes and instructions on safe riding.

Since then, the $1 million Gisborne programme has seen 700 bikes made available and 4000 students involved across the region.

It won the Bikes at Work and School Award at the 2018 Bike to the Future Awards in August.

The 2018 Recreation Award winners represent quality recreation opportunities available in New Zealand.

The NZRA believes recreation creates great New Zealanders — people who are healthy and well connected to their communities and the environment. The NZRA Recreation Awards honour the people who are integral to making New Zealand a world leader in recreation.