A batty cycling adventure!

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Challenges category by Andy Maloney

$1,965 of $6,000 goal
Given by 31 generous donors in around 12 months

Cycling the Tour Aotearoa to raise money for the New Zealand long-tailed bat/pekapeka recovery project at Pelorus Bridge


On March 8th, I am setting off on the Tour Aotearoa, ( www.touraotearoa.nz ) a mountain biking event from Cape Reinga (at the northern tip of the North Island) to Bluff (at the southern tip of the South Island), a total of 3000km.

At about the half way point, the cycle route passes though Pelorus Bridge reserve, where there is a Forest & Bird sponsored project to help save a population of the rare and endangered pekapeka (long-tailed bat), one of only two endemic land mammals (both bats) in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

My aim is to raise at least $6000 ($2 per kilometer) for this project - so please sponsor me. One cent per kilometer would be great, 10 cents even better! You can even follow my progress in real time here: https://touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/?bib=AM?, or read my blog and enjoy the ride vicariously at: https://andystouraotearoa.blogspot.com/

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, or Te Hoiere, is home to one of the last remaining populations of long-tailed bats in Marlborough. A team of volunteers lead by Forest & Bird bat woman Gillian Dennis are currently underway with a three-year project to try and learn more about these little creatures and put plans in motion to save their vulnerable populations.

Before humans settled in New Zealand about 700 years ago, three bat species were widespread and abundant. Now bats are rarely seen. One species (the greater short-tailed bat) is already extinct and without intervention, the other two species (short-tailed and long-tailed bats) will probably be extinct on the mainland within 50 years. The ongoing decline in New Zealand’s bats is a result of the mammalian predators (rats, stoats and cats) that arrived with humans.

Support the project today and help be a voice for nature in New Zealand by sponsoring my trip to help protect the highly-endangered long-tailed bat.

Take a look here: https://www.forestandbird.org.nz/projects/te-hoiere-bat-recovery-project

Finally - a little thanks to my gear sponsor - iride Wellington (iride.net.nz) for generous discounts on my bike and gear. Friendly and helpful staff too!

Andy Maloney's involvement (page creator)

I'm cycling the Tour Aotearoa to raise money for the New Zealand long-tailed bat (pekapeka) recovery project at Pelorus Bridge.

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Captain K
Captain K on 15 Apr 2020
It's been awhile since we all launched in lockdown Andy. I've been meaning to donate for this batty cause! Enjoyed following your dot and look forward to Phase II. Love to you and your bubble.
Andy Maloney

Hi Helen, Thanks heaps! See you after lockdown...

Andy Maloney
Asier & Itxaso
Asier & Itxaso on 26 Mar 2020
From Asier and Itxaso. Thank you for everything Andy
Andy Maloney

Thanks Asier! Had to stop cycling in Wellington for now due to the virus.... will finish later in the year

Andy Maloney
Phillip on 26 Mar 2020
Great effort. Sorry the crisis intervened. Stay safe.
Andy Maloney

Thanks Phil ! Back in Wellington - hope to finish the cycle later in the year

Andy Maloney
pam on 26 Mar 2020
Nice work Andy Maloney!
Andy Maloney

Thanks Pam! May call on you when I get the chance to finish the ride (eventually !!)

Andy Maloney
Celia on 26 Mar 2020
Love NZ bats!
Andy Maloney

Thanks Celia! Hope you managed to get home ahead of the lockdown - will you finish your ride later?

Andy Maloney

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