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Introducing the Motu Trails Trust

At Motu Trails Charitable Trust we are the governance and operational hub of the Motu Trails. Made up of community-minded people, most of whom are regular cyclists, the Trust team promotes and manages the trails. Our goal is the Motu Trails are a gateway to positive experiences for all ages and abilities, visitors and locals alike, ultimately benefiting the communities around the trails — Gisborne to Ōpōtiki.

We share our enthusiasm and commitment for the trails, in multiple ways. We lead trail maintenance, and projects such as building shelters and environmental restoration. We produce and send out brochures and support media visits. We manage this website and social media. We attend shows such as Fieldays. We run the Motu Trails official partner programme. We answer many enquiries about the trails, help people plan their ride, and more. 

Along the way, we work with many organisations, including other Great Rides, and the New Zealand Cycle Trails team. 

The Motu Trails Charitable Trust team is: Shirley Armstrong (Opotiki), Paul Cornwall (Motu), Bruce Hall (Gisborne), Kieran Hickey (Opotiki), Paula Newman (Motu), Tony Palmer (Opotiki), Amy Spence (Gisborne). Jim Robinson (Ohiwa) is trail manager/trust executive officer and Nikki Slade Robinson provides administrative support.

To know more about the wider Motu Trails governance team, and Motu Trails sponsors and supporters, see 'Who we work with'. To know more about Motu Trails Charitable Trust, please get in touch with us. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer trustee, or in supporting any of our efforts, we welcome your contact.

 

 

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  • Department of Conservation
  • Tairawhiti Gisborne
  • Opotiki Coast
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  • Whakatohea