Why no dogs?
Matangi Station is a working merino sheep station. The core business of the station is to produce fine merino wool to the global marketplace. Surplus stock is sold to the works. Allowing dogs would expose the station to a number of problems. The primary problem is that, no matter how well behaved dogs are, they disrupt the sheeps’ movement and can drive them away from the water sources which may cause a break in the wool and unnecessary stress. There is also the risk of dogs becoming out of control in a different environment and they can chase and worry stock. There is the unacceptable risk that the dogs carry parasites such as Cysticercus ovis and Taenia ovis. These parasites may transfer to the sheep, devastating the price received from the works.
Why does MOA need to pay for land access and still help to maintain the park tracks?
MOA’s support to the Sanders family is key to making this unique commercial and community operation work. MOA members’ track building and maintenance skills and knowledge are superb and are essential to ensure riders are given the best experience out on the hill. The financial return of the MTB Park provides a return on the use of the land and the Sander’s families’ associated labour input, but does not cover the cost of all the impacts it has on farm operations and does not allow for employing professionals to maintain the trails.
Why is more voluntary labour required now than historically to maintain the Matangi Station MTB trails?
Previously, the Matangi MTB trails were primarily maintained by a couple of passionate, local volunteers who dedicated a huge amount of time to assist with building and maintenance. This was not a sustainable situation when all riders benefit. Now, with opening up the Matangi MTB trails to the wider public under the new MTB Park operation, there is significantly more wear and tear on the trails, requiring more maintenance than took place in the past. There are also many more trails to maintain than in the past. Subsequently, a larger crew of volunteers is needed to carry out maintenance on the trails.
Recently, Matangi Station MTB and the MOA Sub Trail Committee launched an “adopt a trail” concept, giving ‘adopters’ the responsibility to carry out general maintenance when it suits them. These ‘adopters’ will be recognised through acknowledgements on the MTB Park’s digital platforms including the website and social media. Targeted working bees will also be required for larger projects and that is when the might of MOA will be called upon.
Why is voluntary labour required to build new trails at the MTB Park?
MOA has the volunteer resources and knowledge to locate, design and construct these desired new trails. MOA have also recognised that the MTB Park would benefit from some additional intermediate trails making it easier for intermediate bikers to access some of Matangi’s terrain.
What has been happening at the MTB Park over winter?
Over the winter volunteers from MOA, Trail Adopters and other groups have built a new down track in the Rock Garden which opened in spring. They have also completed maintenance of a range of other popular tracks.
Why is Matangi Station MTB receiving business sponsorship payments rather than it being applied towards track maintenance?
The income that the MTB Park receives by way of partnerships and land access fees goes some way to mitigate the costs incurred to establish an MTB Park within a working sheep station and provide a return on the use of the land and the Sander’s families’ associated labour input. Costs are numerous and cover commitments such as consents and permits, H&S protocol, land usage, insurance, systems development, landscape integrity, let alone the impact the MTB Park has on the farm operations.
If MOA and the biking community were not involved and supportive what would happen?
Sadly, Matangi would have to shut the MTB Park down. This is not what the Station, the bikers or the wider community wants and why it is so important to create a sustainable and viable operation that continues to have community at its core.