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Entries for this year’s Nike ACG Kepler
Challenge and Luxmore Grunt have again
filled in record time.
Online registrations opened at 6.30am
on Saturday July 4 and all of the 400
available places on the Challenge and
150 on the Grunt were snapped up
The Kepler Challenge is a 60km run
around the Kepler Track while the Lux-
more Grunt covers of 27 km of the same
track. Now regarded as one of this coun-
try’s premier mountain runs, the event
takes place on Saturday December 5.
The race has grown in popularity every
year, attracting competitors from every
continent and is now well known on the
international circuit as a “must do” event
for athletes. It is renowned for its ability
to attract all kinds of competitors, from
top level athletes to people just looking
for a challenge.
Waitlists are kept in the event of compet-
itors pulling out, which can happen right
up until the event.
Those who missed out are encouraged
to keep an eye on the website www.
keplerchallenge.co.nz to monitor any
movement or for any general updates on
Grunt & Challenge
fills at record pace
Boaties are being urged to be more
vigilant after a stowaway mouse
threatened to wipe out two years of
restoration efforts when it landed on
pest-free Rona Island in Lake Manapouri
Fortunately it was the last journey made by
the mouse which ended up in a trap just
10m after landing on the island.
Rona Island was eradicated of mice
and stoats two years ago as part of the
Pomona Island Trust’s efforts to restore
both islands to their presumed natural
Department of Conservation Te Anau
Biodiversity Programme Manager Lindsay
Wilson said the work involved in restoring
these islands was a massive undertaking
for everyone involved.
“It’s both expensive and time consuming
and one mistake could mean we lose a lot
of the gains made,” he said.
Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri embodied
numerous pest-free islands so all boat
owners, not just those heading out to sea,
needed to be reminded of the need to
beware of these bio-security issues, Mr
“It’s the time of year we all look to find
places that are dry and warm. Rats and
mice are no exception and with this being
another mast year for the beech seeds,
there are plenty of rats and mice out
there. Your boat will provide the perfect
winter home, especially if a bit of food is
stored onboard too.”
It is unknown whether the large female
mouse jumped aboard alone, but the
potential threat of pest invasion was
serious. If one pregnant female mouse
arrived on an island sanctuary during
early summer it could be only eight weeks
before the population exploded to more
than 50, all capable of breeding at just 12
weeks of age.
Biodiversity Ranger Pete McMurturie
said there were three easy things every
boat owner could do to keep pests away
from these special islands: use rodent
poison baits or traps on the boat; check all
obvious hiding spots for stowaways before
leaving shore; keep doors and hatches
closed when the boat is moored.
“We need everybody’s help to keep
unwanted visitors from getting
Pest scare as mouse makes it to Rona Is
A rat trap on Rona Island.
Photos: Natasha Wilson
Sue Bennett and John Whitehead re-set rat
traps on Rona Island.
Sue Bennett re-sets a rat trap on Rona Is.
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