Total Sport takes out Best Partnership Award


Auckland based Event Management company, Total Sport, has won the award for Best Partnership for an Event at the annual New Zealand Association of Event Professionals Awards in Wellington.

The company’s event, The Partners Life DUAL Motutapu – Rangitoto Traverse, took out the award for Best Partnership Of An Event, for their relationship with and contribution to the Motutapu Restoration Trust as well as partnerships with Partners Life, Fullers, Department of Conservation and local iwi, Ngāi Tai.

The Partners Life DUAL is a unique off-road adventure trail run, walk and mountain biking event first staged in 2009 on the dual islands of Rangitoto and Motutapu in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. The event was created to raise funds that would go towards funding projects undertaken by the Motutapu Restoration Trust to restore the physical and cultural environment of the islands. The event is held in March and attracts over 2500 people to the islands every year.

Motutapu Restoration Trust trustee, John Eccleton recalls the early days of The DUAL’s conception:

“Back in 2008, our Trust was exploring fundraising ideas that could provide the much needed sustainability funding required to support our restoration projects. The suggestion of an island multisport event resulted in a meeting with leading event management operator, Total Sport.

Total Sport’s Managing Director, Aaron Carter, was most enthusiastic and, with the professional guidance of he and his team, we jointly fashioned up The DUAL Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse. This was an ambitious project with some risk that initially stretched the resources of both our organisations. From those nervous first steps, the event that is now known as the Partners Life DUAL has grown to be one of the most significant multisport events in the country over the ensuing 7 years.”

After its first staging in 2009, The DUAL Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse was awarded Best Emerging Event at the NZAEP Awards. The successful execution of this event is totally reliant on the partnership between Total Sport and the Motutapu Restoration Trust as well as collaborative relationships with key stakeholders including local iwi, Ngāi Tai; leaseholder, Motutapu Farm Ltd; the Department of Conservation; transport supplier and event sponsor Fullers Ferries and naming rights sponsor Partners Life.

Since its inception seven years ago The Partners Life DUAL has raised over $240,000 to fund MRT’s restoration programmes involving pest eradication; weed eradication; native planting programmes as well as the development of a kiwi sanctuary on the island.

Since the DUAL commenced, significant achievements of Motutapu Restoration Trust have included:

·         Native plant restoration programme - the planting of 85,429 trees during 14,016 volunteer days

·         Pest eradication programme -  official declaration of pest-free status in 2011

·         Breeding programme - the release of 20 kiwi and 20 endangered adult takahe onto the island


Total Sport Managing Director, Aaron Carter, says he is immensely proud of what the event has achieved since 2009.


“The DUAL is one of a kind, the event is totally reliant on so many great partners to ensure its successful execution and to enable the positive flow-on impacts that the event has had on Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands. We look forward to bringing The Partners Life DUAL to life for many years to come and making a difference in this beautiful country we are all proud to call home.”