(Hākinakina Matarau)
DateWednesday 8th September 2021
VenueMcLaren Falls Park, McLaren Falls Road, Lower Kaimai, Tauranga
Managers MeetingTuesday 7th September 1.00pm at McLaren Falls Park, Tauranga
Costs$75.00 per competitor (NZ$)
$25.00 school ultimate relay team (NZ$)
Entries CloseWednesday 9th June 2021 at 11.59pm – Online registrations close
NEW for 2021:
  • Bike racking the day before
  • Bike checks
  • Restricted vehicle access to the park – with a Park n Ride
  • Mountain bike transportation
Sponsored By

Contact Details

Code Coordinator

Event Director:
Miranda Clark
Phone: 021 449 466

Anchor AIMS Games app

Tournament Planning


  1. Students competing must be enrolled full-time in the school they are representing.
  2. New Zealand students competing must be classified as a Year 7 or Year 8 student on the New Zealand Ministry of Education Enrol database.
  3. Participating New Zealand schools must be an affiliated member of NZAIMS – New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
  4. Students may compete in more than one code however timetable allowances will NOT be made for any competitors.
  5. Competitors must be over 10 years of age and under 13 years of age, as at 31 December the year before the tournament year. Competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation. For the 2021 AIMS Games, this means the accepted birth years are: 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  6. All participants must have online medical and media waiver documentation completed to be eligible compete.
  7. This is an inclusive event providing opportunities for students with physical, visual and intellectual disabilities to compete. The Para sports of Swimming and Cross Country require a provisional classification for eligibility. In all other sports, disabled athletes compete in an open class. See individual sports for entry requirements.


  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $75.00 per competitor (NZ$).
  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $25.00 for the ultimate relay (NZ$).
  • Non-refundable / Payment MUST be made within seven days of receipt of invoice.
  • Invoices will be sent to the School Accounts Manager after the entry closing date, Wednesday 9th June 2021.

Entries Close

  • Wednesday 9th June 2021 at 11.59pm
  • Entries to the 2021 Anchor AIMS Games Sporting Championships will be made and only accepted online
  • All registrations are completed online with EnterNOW.
  • Registrations will only be accepted from the designated School Anchor AIMS Games Coordinator.
  • Schools will be allocated a unique Anchor AIMS Games registration log in code to complete their entries.
  • EnterNOW demo video for schools  – View Video
Anchor Fuel UP

Planning Timeline



Friday 12th FebruaryRegistration opens (EnterNOW).
Friday 28th MayDeadline for those Para athletes required to submit a provisional classification application for Para Swimming and Cross Country (Para athletics).
Wednesday 9th JuneEntries close for the 2021 Anchor AIMS Games at 11.59pm. The EnterNOW system will generate a confirmation email three days prior to entries closing so school coordinators can check that they have entered the correct individuals, teams, codes, divisions etc. The AIMS Games Trust has a strict NO REFUND policy from this date! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Wednesday 23rd JuneAll schools must have paid their registration invoice to have their entry confirmed.  Late entries (if accepted) will incur a 50% penalty fee.
Wednesday 30th JuneConfirmation sent to all 2021 participating schools (if registration for a sporting code is oversubscribed then the opportunity to compete will be at the discretion of the executive committee).
Wednesday 28th JulyAll Team/individual online name and code information registration forms to be completed (to meet race number print deadlines). Competitors’ names, date of birth and manager’s name and contact details are required.
Monday 2nd AugustSchool group opening ceremony ticket bookings go on sale through Ticketek.
Monday 9th AugustPublic opening ceremony tickets go on sale through Ticketek.
Wednesday 11th AugustTeam sporting code draws published
Friday 13th AugustAll parents/caregivers must have completed their child’s medical and media waiver forms on our website.
Thursday 2nd SeptemberIndividual sporting code draws published.
Saturday 4th SeptemberThe 17th Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships opens.
Sunday 5th SeptemberOpening Ceremonies, Trustpower Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).

New Zealand School Divisions

Maximum of five competitors per school / per division.

  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 7 Boys
  • Year 8 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys


Sunday 5th SeptemberOpening Ceremony (Trustpower Arena at Baypark)
 First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm
Tuesday 7th SeptemberManagers Meeting – 1.00pm
Tuesday 7th SeptemberGuided Tour – 1.30pm
Tuesday 7th SeptemberBike safety checks and racking and course open for inspection – 11.00am to 3.30pm
Wednesday 8th SeptemberMultisport Event Race – Briefing – 9.00am
 Event 1 – 9.30am start

Discipline – 2.4Km Run / 3.8Km Mountain Bike / 1.0Km Kayak

Individual start time 9.30am

Event 19.30amYear 7 BoysRun/Mountain bike/Kayak
Event 2At conclusion of Event 1 (at approximately 10.45am)Year 7 GirlsRun/Mountain bike/Kayak
Event 3At conclusion of Event 2 (at approximately 12.00pm)Year 8 BoysRun/Mountain bike/Kayak
Event 4At conclusion of Event 3 (at approximately 1.15pm)Year 8 GirlsRun/Mountain bike/Kayak
Event 530 minutes after Event 4 (at approximately 2.30pm)Ulitmate RelayRun/Mountain bike/Kayak

General Rules

The race order is Run, Mountain Bike, Kayak.

  • It is the responsibility of all competitors to review and be familiar with course, transition and location maps.
  • All competitors and their supporters accept a duty of care in participating in this event. This is a multisport event with multiple variables on the run, mountain bike and kayak.
  • Maximum of five competitors per school / per division
  • Wear clothing that is appropriate. No bare torso allowed.
  • Race numbers are to be worn on the front of competitors shirts
  • Electronic timing will be used. Schools will be invoiced $65.00 per electronic timing band/chip not returned at the end of the event.
  • All competitors must wear an electronic timing chip on their ankle during their race. These will be taken off at the finish line.
  • Fair Play must be demonstrated at all times. No athlete may block another athlete during their race.
  • Competitors must be familiar with and stay on the course at all times – keeping arrows to your left. Any short cuts taken will result in disqualification.
  • All bikes and helmets being used in the event MUST be inspected and passed by a Scrutineer Official on Tuesday 7th September. Bikes and helmets must display an official and current Anchor AIMS Games Safety Sticker to be eligible to be used at the event.
  • All Bikes must be on site and racked on Tuesday 7th September between 11.00am and 3.30pm (if you cannot be here on this day to rack your bike – please contact the Multisport Co-Ordinator for approval to rack on the Wednesday).
  • Security will be onsite overnight on Tuesday 7th September monitoring the transition area.
  • There will be a compulsory Park n Ride operating on all scheduled event days (Tuesday and Wednesday) with no vehicle access within the park for general participants or spectators. See below in the Venue section for further details.

Run Rules

  • Shoes must be worn on the run leg.

Mountain Bike Rules

  • Competitors must bring their own mountain bikes and helmets – these are not supplied
  • It is the responsibility of the competitor and the team manager to have athletes’ bikes in a safe working order that will pass inspection.
  • The event director and transition marshals reserve the right to refuse the use of a bike and or helmet they judge to be not fit for purpose.
  • Helmets MUST be fitted properly with chin straps tightened before all races. ANSI, SNELL or NZ STANDARD approved helmets only. Note: All bikes and helmets must be approved with an Anchor AIMS Games safety sticker after being inspected.
  • Extra caution required on the downhill (extremely slippery when wet).
  • Riders cannot change their bike or helmet once the event has started without the check of approval from a Commissaire first. If a rider fails to do so it will result in their individual race being DSQ along with their team for the relay receiving a DSQ (we take safety very seriously).

Kayak Rules

  • All Kayaks and paddles are supplied (Mission Access 280’s & Simply Magic alloy shaft approx. 214 cm long, with a 60 degree offset) – own kayaks and paddles not permitted.
  • All buoyancy vests are supplied (Mission AS4758) – own vests are not permitted.
  • It is optional to wear shoes in the kayak.
  • No bike helmets to be worn in the kayak.

Transition Rules

  • Only Competitors and Marshals may be in transition at any time during race day.
  • Entry in and out of transition is via designated areas only – there is to be no climbing over the perimeter tape.
  • Competitors will be asked to rack their bikes before their race but after their race briefing.
  • Competitors will be allowed to remove their bikes form transition only once the final competitors from each race is finished.
  • Buoyancy vest will be provided and fitted at each race briefing and are to be placed on the ground by competitors bikes.
  • Helmets will be checked at each race briefing and must be on competitors heads and done up before bikes are removed from racks. They must also stay on their heads until the bike is racked after their cycle leg is finished.
  • Only designated marshals are allowed to provide assistance in transition areas.

Ultimate Relay

  • Schools may enter one team only in the Ultimate Relay.
  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $25.00 for the ultimate relay (NZ$).
  • Schools to select one team consisting of one runner / one mountain biker / one kayaker and must have at least one female.
  • Competitors In each team must be from the same school and can be from Year 7 or Year 8
  • All competitors in the Ultimate Relay must have competed in an individual event.
  • The team tag area is in transition where the cyclist’s bike is located.
  • The runner wears the transponder first, then passes it on to the cyclist. The cyclist then passes the transponder to the kayaker.

Team Honors

  • Schools with less than two competitors in a Year Group/Gender Division will be ineligible to claim team honours.
  • For schools that enter a team in a Year Group/Gender Division, each individual competitor in that team is also eligible to claim individual line honours.
  • Two competitors in a team must finish their individual race to be eligible for team honours.
  • For Year Group/Gender Division Team Honours – the placing of the top two competitors will be added together. Lowest team total is the winner i.e. Year 7 Girls 6th and 13th = 19 points (1st), 5th and 22nd = 27 points (2nd).
  • When team points are tied it is judged on the school that has the highest placed competitor.

Health and Safety

  • The event director will work to identify, eliminate where possible and or minimise risk.
  • The event director reserves the right to make all necessary changes to the course at any time in the best interest of safety for competitors
  • All competitors, team managers and schools are reminded that they compete at their own risk and absolve Events Made Easy, AIMS Games Committee, Event Director, Race Commissaire, McLaren Falls Park, all officials, helpers, and volunteers from any blame or claim.
  • The course is challenging and a moderate to high level of fitness is required.
  • All team managers are required to have their team medical forms with them during the race.
  • All roads are to be treated as open at all times therefore road rules apply. The Run and Mountain Bike Course both use the park road.
  • You must obey the road code, security, marshals and officials at all times.
  • Parts of the course incorporate surrounding farmland some distance from spectator areas however marshals will be spread throughout the course and connected through radio and/or mobile phone coverage.
  • McLaren Falls Park is part way up the Kaimai Ranges so can be exposed to weather changes. Please check all weather conditions and plan accordingly.
  • Please be careful on all footbridges, tracks, grass areas and steps with slippery surfaces.
  • There may be bees on the course. Any athlete with bee or other strong allergic reactions must notify the race director and St John prior to race briefing.
  • All team managers are required to brief their supporters of their role in keeping the course clear in the best interest of all competitors.
  • Team Managers are responsible for their parents and supporters. Please ensure that the safety and enjoyment of all competitors is of upmost importance.
  • During the event, non-competing competitors or spectators are not permitted to ride their bikes around the competition area or where vehicles are being parked. If riding in permitted zones: helmets MUST be worn at all times.

Referee & Disputes

The organiser will appoint a referee to whom general complaints can be directed. Complaints must be lodged BY TEAM MANAGERS ONLY within 15 minutes of the completion of the race on the official disputes form and accompanied by $100.00.


  • Thirty minutes drive out of Tauranga City is McLaren Falls Park, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.
  • The event is held at Top Flat in McLaren Falls.
  • Please obey all security, marshals, pre-race communications and event staff and park all vehicles off the course in approved areas.
  • Around 300 sheep roam through the grassed areas so dogs are not permitted within McLaren Falls Park. Dogs are also not permitted to be left unattended in vehicles.
  • There is strictly NO vehicle access to the Park/Top Flat event site through– with the exception of non AIMS park visitors.
  • ALL Anchor AIMS Games vehicles must drive past the main gate and continue 2.2km up to Maungapopo Road. Then turn right and into the signposted carpark at Blooming Acres (400 car parks).
  • Shuttles will transport athletes and spectators the 1.5km down into McLaren Falls to Top Flat and back again when you wish to leave (please allow plenty of time for this). Riders will be asked to ride/walk their bikes to and from the Park n Ride to Top Flat.
  • Mobility Card and Anchor AIMS Games Officials (car pass holders) will be directed where to drive on arrival to the Park n Ride site.
  • McLaren Falls Park
  • Team Gazebo’s are permitted – please liaise with the Event Director regarding approved placement.

Course Map

Multisport Course Map


Medal Presentation

All medals will be presented approximately half an hour after Event 5/The Ultimate Relay Race has finished.