Paeroa’s iconic Battle of the Streets may be gone, but Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says its enormous contribution to the town will not be forgotten.
“The community has gained so much from this event, not just economically, but in less tangible ways as well. It quite literally set the wheels in motion to rejuvenate the town and turn it into the vibrant rural community it is today. It really was the catalyst that put Paeroa on the map,” he said.
Paeroa Promotions Trust made the difficult decision to discontinue the motorcycling race event due to a combination of lower spectator numbers and increasing costs, especially around compliance.
The Council has supported the event in a number of ways for many years, but the Mayor says the Trust has made the right decision.
“Of course I’m sad to see this iconic event reach the finish line, but I wholeheartedly support the Trust in making this difficult decision. They’ve done the right thing,” he said.
His involvement in the Battle of the Streets began well before the first ignition was turned on.
“It all began with three local blokes sharing ideas over a beer. They kept talking about this motorcycle street race event until it got to the point where we were all so sick of hearing about it that we said - just do it! I think Nike may have copied our slogan,” he laughs.
“It’s been quite a journey and its disappointing to see it all come to an end. But everyone involved in the 27-year history of this event can be extremely proud of all they have achieved and the incredible legacy it has left for our town.”