Maori and Pasifika cyclists visit Kāpiti en route to BluffBy Alan Tristram
Porirua’s Zechariah Reuelu (45),of Tokelauan descent, is part of the USO (Understanding, Strengthening,Overcoming) Bike Ride’ which flashed through the Kāpiti Coast at the weekend.
The Pacifika and Maori men taking part are raising awareness about cancer among their communities.
The USO Bike Ride began at Cape Reinga at the tip of the North Island on October 13, and finishes in Invercargill at the bottom of the South Island.
As for Zechariah, only weeks after joining the Pacific Business Trust as a Facilitator at its Porirua office, he began the training for the event, which for him has been a life-changing experience.
The cycling marathon was officially launched from the Pataka Museum in Porirua at the end of last month.
Guests included Dalton Kelly, CEO of Cancer Society New Zealand, Taima Fagaloa, Pacific Health manager of Capital & Coast DHB, former Black Sox captain Mark Sorenson, Heather and Wayne Skipworth of Ironmaori, John Utanga of Tagata Pasifika, Debra Tuifao of Disability Resource Developement.