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    Ski-nZ 2013

    The inaugural Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will be an adrenalin packed adventure on personal watercraft, travelling via some of the most amazing coastline and scenery that North East New Zealand has to offer.

    Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand
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    Raise the funds and join the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ to experience over 600kms of north east New Zealand coastline in the best possible way… if you’re an adrenalin junkie then this is 2013’s must do event. Lock it in today!


    Sun 3rd March: Muster in Tauranga for registration, an evening briefing and barbecue.
    Mon 4th March: Tauranga to Slipper Island to Pauanui to Whitianga.
    Tue 5th March: Whitianga to Great Mercury Island to Coromandel.
    Wed 6th March: Coromandel to Waiheke Island to Auckland to Takapuna and ‘Auction Night’
    Thu 7th March: Takapuna to Kawau Island to Omaha and ‘Half day in the Matakana wineries’.
    Fri 8th March: Omaha to Marsden Cove and ‘seafood night’.
    Sat 9th March: Marsden Cove to ‘Hole in the Rock’ to Russell in the Bay of Islands and ‘Last night madness’.


    The Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ will be held each year from 2013 to raise funds that help the Melanoma Foundation achieve its goals. Participants will need to raise a minimum of $1500 in tax deductible sponsorship to enter. Participants are encouraged to compete with fellow participants to see who can raise the most sponsorship.


    Safety is the first priority for the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ. Travelling with you on the Ski-nZ will be an experienced team, including medical support, mechanics, PWC experts and on-water recovery crews. In keeping with the high safety standards and given that this event is helping to promote awareness of melanoma, participants will be required to wear a life jacket, full face helmet, eye protection, gloves, shoes, and a full length rash suit or wet suit for sun protection. Carriage of individual PLB’s is requested.


    To be eligible for the Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ event personal water craft must be sit down, not stand up and must be newer than 2005.

    Download the Event Guide and Rules


    There has already been strong interest from riders from other countries. Please be assured we will make you most welcome in our beautiful country. Please contact the event director at Burfoot@xtra.co.nz to discuss the logistics of bringing your PWC to NZ or of renting a PWC and trailer for the event.


    You will need to raise a minimum, fully tax deductible $1500 donation. Download the fundraising file for ideas on how to raise this. It’s actually not that difficult.

    A $55 application fee must be submitted with your application form. A provisions levy of $450 that includes meals, event merchandise and DVD is payable by 31st January 2013. This has been set to cover costs only.


    The provisions and merchandise levy for the 2013 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ has been set at NZD$450 per person. This covers the welcome/briefing dinner at Tauranga on Sunday 3rd March and then lunch and dinner every day through to the Saturday night final function in Russell. Breakfasts are not included. These will be at the discretion of each participant.

    Included merchandise will consist of an event t-shirt, hat and DVD.

    Dinners will always be at a set venue. Lunches may sometimes be high quality box lunches while on the go. Ski-nZ will work to ensure that all dining experiences are of a very high quality. Ski-nZ will not be profiting from the provisions and merchandise levy. The $450 will only cover the costs to Ski-nZ of providing the meals and merchandise.


    You will need to book your own accommodation. We have negotiated some excellent discounts in most areas. Download the list of Accommodation Options and Deals here.


    To register for the 2013 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-nZ, simply download and fill in one application form per ski entered and return with a $55 entry fee. Both the rider and their road crew members will also need to fill in a crew form each. This can be done later.

    Please return completed forms to the Melanoma Foundation office by post or email.

    Numbers may need to be limited, so register soon.

    Download the Event Guide and Rules 

    Contact Jeremy Burfoot on Burfoot@xtra.co.nz or +64 21 213 2056 with any queries

    The Melanoma Foundation thanks Yamaha for their sponsorship of this event!

    The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand

    Postal address: PO Box 31-167 Milford, Auckland 0741
    Phone: 09 449 2342
    Freephone: 0800 4 MELANOMA (0800 463 526)
    Email: info@melanoma.org.nz

    Physical address: Level 1, 52 East Coast Rd, Milford, Auckland

    A big thank you to the Ski-nZ event Sponsors:


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