The Whaka 100 has been cancelled.
The Rotorua Lakes Council, on behalf of the Forest Recreation Committee, who had provided us their approval on the morning of Monday 24 January, retracted this approval at 2.27pm today.
We are painfully aware of the impact on you, your travel, accommodation, and all the work you’ve put in ahead of the event. We know many of you are here already. We are devastated, and it leaves Whaka 100’s future uncertain.
Your event was poised to go ahead, well within the red guidelines which have been set out by the Government to allow events to run in the COVID-19 conditions we are currently in. Our protocols met and exceeded what was mandated.
We’ve been monitoring the risks daily, and still perceive it to be low for our community, participants and staff.
Ultimately, we acknowledge and respect the decision of mana whenua and forest owners. Being able to access the forest is a privilege that we greatly appreciate.
We’re in the process of working out what we can do for participants, considering we received notice on the first day of rider registration.
We kindly ask for your patience. We know you will have questions. We will be in touch with you as soon as we have more information.
Tim & Belinda
& the Whaka 100 team