Reid at top of table in D1NZ competition

Ka whanake ake ngā whiringatoa mo te whakataetae D1NZ ki Pukekohe. Hei ēnei rangiwhakatā karahui atu ngā ihuhupe me ngā mātanga waka kōneke puta noa i te motu hei whakataetae mo ngā taitara mananui. I kōrero atu a Te Kāea ki ētahi whetu i a rātou e whakarite ana.

E pōteretere haere ana a Nico Reid i te ara tere o angitū. 

“It’s a very fine line that you can take out there and I just can't wait to get this weekend over and done with.”

I tēnei tau o te whakataetae nui harahara o D1NZ na Nico anō ngā pukapuka hītori i tuhi, nā whai anō ngā toahanga karapīpīti e whā i ngā raunga e whā. E noho ana ia ki te pae tuatahi o te whakataetae Demon Energy, ā kaore ia mo te āta haere mo ngā whiringatoa ka tū hei ēnei rangi whakatā.

“Definitely nervous you know. Its 200 k entry here and we've got a good chance of winning it. Very fine line and I can't wait. Bring it on.”

I tēnei tau kitea hoki tana hoa tata me te wahine Māori anake o te whakataetae a Bex Bennett, e whakataetae atu ana ki ngā tāne. He tuaruatanga mo Bex ki te whakataetae nei. Nā Nico anō a Bex i poipoi ki roto i te ao D1NZ i ngā tau e rima ki muri.

“In that small moment when you're sideways and smokes coming off the back, it's only a really small moment, maybe 30 seconds but you're adrenalines pumping and there is nothing else like it,” says Bex Bennett  from Te Arawa and Ngāti Kahungunu.

“Definitely it's cool you know to bring a few people especially Māori into the sport and you know show that we can do it too and it’s in our blood. We're natural born wreckers and we keep doing it until the wheels fall off,” says Reid.

E ai ki a raua kāore te maha o ngāi Māori ki te whakataetae nei, heoi e manako ana a Bex ki te kite i te tokomaha ake o ngā Ngāi Māori me Ngāi Wahine e uru atu ana ki te hākina nei.

I kaha powhiri mai a Bennett ki ngā wahine e ngakau nui ki tenei hakinakina, “We do need a lot more females. I know there are a lot that are interested and it would be awesome if they could take the next step and just compete. I know it is a bit daunting because there's so many males but I'm telling you I've been doing this for 5 years and the guys are just so supportive.”

Hei enei rangi whakataa karahui ai te tini me te mano ki te papa reihi o Pukekohe, ā hei te Rātapu kitea ai mena ka eke panuku enei uri Māori.