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People behind Motu Trails

Motu Trails is led by a governance team, representing Opotiki District Council, Activate Tairawhiti, DOC, Whakatohea Maori Trust Board, and Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Whakatane District Council also supports Motu Trails.

Regular maintenance on the Dunes Trail, Motu Road Trail and Pakihi Track is by Councils and DOC.

On the Pakihi Track and Dunes Trail, volunteer support is a vital part of keeping the trails open. Volunteers help to keep the trail clear and work on enhancements and new sections of trail.

Our vision is that Motu Trails is a gateway to superb experiences across the Opotiki, Tairawhiti Gisborne and Whakatane regions.

We want to extend trails and safe riding between Gisborne-Opotiki and Opotiki-Whakatane.

Motu Trails Charitable Trust

Motu Trails Charitable Trust is the governance and promotional hub of Motu Trails.

We produce brochures, run this web site and the Motu Trails Facebook and Instagram pages, advertise the trails, support media visits, attend shows like Fieldays, run the Motu Trails official partner programme, do volunteer trail work and more.

We work with other stakeholders including The New Zealand Cycle Trail team.

Motu Trails Charitable Trust’s trustees are: Kathy Sheldrake (Chair), Bruce Hall, Amy Spence, Steferl Gordon, all of Gisborne; Paul Cornwall of Motu; and Tony Palmer and Kieran Hickey of Opotiki.

Jim Robinson is the trust’s executive officer and will usually be your first point of contact.

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Motu Trails governance team: l-r Jim Robinson, Kathy Sheldrake (Chairperson), Kieran Hickey, Tony Palmer, Bruce Hall (all of Motu Trails Charitable Trust). Adam Hughes (Activate Tairawhiti), Vince Copeland (DOC), Garry Page (Opotiki District Council), Nikki Slade Robinson (Motu Trails Charitable Trust. Absent trustees: Steferl Gordon, Amy Spence.

Sponsors and supporters


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Garth and Judy Barfoot, premier sponsors of Motu Trails

Garth Barfoot and Judy Barfoot are Premier Sponsors of Motu Trails. In mid-2018, Garth made a major donation towards our on-trail work. 

Motu Trails Charitable Trust is supported by silver sponsors OPAC and Horizon Energy Group. We welcome any other organisations that may wish to support us, please contact us if you’d like to talk about this.

The trust’s work is supported by community trusts and other organisations. Recently, we are grateful to have received support from The Southern Trust, The Lion Foundation, Ground Effect, and Trail Fund NZ.

New Zealand Post has supported us with free Community Post envelopes.

We are hugely appreciative of all support. Without it, Motu Trails definitely wouldn't be what it is.

Support our work with a donation

At Motu Trails Charitable Trust, we welcome all donations. We will put that support to good use — any amount helps!

To donate, visit Givealittle. Or make a donation directly into our bank account 06-0637-0259896-00. Or contact us for details, for instance we could suggest a special project for you to donate towards.

Thank you. We sincerely appreciate all support.

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