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As Trail Fund celebrates five years of funding trails nationwide, we look at where we’re at and where we’re going People often say it’s worth taking the road less travelled, but they don’t often mention who builds it. In New Zealand, many trails worth taking are built thanks to the long hours put in by volunteers and those who support their efforts financially. However, taking a person or company’s desire to support trail building, and turning it into something concrete (or in this case, dirt) isn’t always the most straight forward process. This is why Trail Fund NZ was created....

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Two very different trail projects – one near Auckland and one in North Canterbury – are benefiting from Trail Fund’s latest general funding round, and no doubt a variety of riders will benefit as well. Trail Fund is pleased to provide funding for maintenance on the Waipara Valley Vineyard Trail, which is being built by Hurunui Trails Trust volunteers to encourage cycling and walking in the Waipara Valley. “We are a charitable trust that has built this trail from scratch through our own fundraising initiatives,” says trust member Penelope Naish. “It passes through world-class vineyards and historic farms, and is...

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Wondering what you can do to help fund more trails this summer?  Well here’s your easiest answer yet:  Drink Beer! 8 Wired and Trail Fund have teamed up to raise money for trails with the Hoppy Trails Pale Ale - a portion of the sale from each beer goes straight to Trail Fund. Speaking from his part-time home in Colorado, 8 Wired’s ‘international man of beer’ Brian Watts says if it goes well the beer could become a seasonal regular. “I would love to have it year round, but it might end up being a six month or summer seasonal that we do...

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Flick is all about power, but their energy isn’t limited to the stuff that makes your coffee grinder work. The Wellington-based electricity provider also wants to make sure young riders, trail builders and Kiwis are empowered to get out and ride. To get in touch with trail builders around the country, Flick decided to invest at the source by teaming up with Trail Fund on a promo deal – for each riding top sold, Flick donated $30 for building and maintaining trails. Trail Fund used the money to fund electric wheel barrows, a decision Flick’s chief executive, Steve O’Connor, says...

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Trail Fund’s annual conference shed light on upcoming mountain bike-related guidelines for guiding, instructing and trail building Held in Rotorua, the annual Trail Fund Conference again provided attendees with a chance to ride together, dig together and find out more about what’s going on in the trail building space around the country. It was co-hosted with the newly formed NZ Professional Mountain Bike Association. After a morning spent riding the Whakarewarewa Forest, almost 50 attendees from varying trail building backgrounds came together for a series of ‘lightning’ talks. Andrew Wilson from Rotorua Trails Trust kicked off the conference with a...

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