Ready to ride for Edgecumbe

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READY TO RIDE: Iwi Riders MCC members Rock Wanoa, Leigh Wanoa, Santana Moses, Kereama Akuhata, Reina Savage, John Savage, Murray Wharewera, Hori Clay and Mike Ohaia will show off their motorcycles at the show and shine, which is part of this weekend’s Oho Ake – Rise Up concert. Photo Louis Klaassen D5397-13

BEING a member of a motorcycle club is just like belonging to a family and when comrades hit tough times, members want to be able to help where they can.

Founding member Reina Savage said Iwi Riders MCC was a relatively new club but the name symbolised the ethos behind its establishment.

“Iwi Riders MCC’s main undertaking is to help support and uplift iwi. Iwi for us encompasses all people, Maori and all others.

“We love our bikes and vehicles and most are welcome to join us.”

Mrs Savage said with some members from Edgecumbe, the club wanted to be able to support them as well others from the town who had been affected by the flooding.

She said when she heard about the Oho Ake – Rise Up concert being organised to raise funds for those affected by the Edgecumbe floods, she knew the club would want to do its part to help out too.

This Saturday the Iwi Riders MCC will host a show and shine bike show as part of the concert and on Sunday club members will participate in a charity bike run.

Mrs Savage said they expected to have more than 30 participants.

“Three riders lost their homes in the recent Edgecumbe floods and several motorcycle clubs will be coming in support of them,” she said.

The gates to the concert will open at 11am and judging in the show and shine will take place at 1pm with all “riders, cages, truckers and support crews” welcome to participate.

The entry fee is $5, with general categories as well as a people’s choice award.

Mrs Savage said she encouraged people to “pimp their rides”.

“Fly your flags, wear you colours and pimp your ride – remember it is about the kaupapa (purpose of supporting Edgecumbe).

On Sunday, the charity ride kicks off at the Tauranga Weekend Riders club house in Mount Maunganui with riders scheduled to arrive at 11am and travel to the Edgecumbe Memorial Hall, with a stop at the Matata Hotel.

Registration costs $10 per rider and all money raised will be used to provide water, food facilities, shelter and equipment for the clean-up.

karla.akuhata@whakatanebeacon.co.nz

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