With over 40-kilometres of tracks to cover, Mākara Peak Mountain Bike Park Ranger Mark Kent uses his e-bike to help with emergencies and track maintenance at a moment’s notice.
While other Park Rangers can use their utes to get around, Mark has adapted to moving around Mākara Peak by bike due to the nature of the tracks and says that using his bike is easier to check the overall safety of the park.
“After heavy rain and bad weather, I can go out and do a safety audit of 90 percent of the tracks in four and half hours. If I did that on a standard bike or on foot, I would have to allow a couple of days and it would be too physically taxing.
“We've also got the e-bike set up so that I can carry a few hand tools. It’s easy to whip around in winter and drain puddles or remove ruts because we can carry a little gear on the back of the bike.”
Gardener Rob Mckee has been working at the Botanic Gardens kī Pāekaka for 17 years, and has seen the transition from petrol models to electric.
“We have electric leaf blowers, weed eaters and chainsaws. These have all replaced petrol models, and they are all more powerful and don’t have fumes that affect our staff.
“A lot of the machinery is quieter, which makes it very popular for people who like to visit our gardens and for our staff to use every day.”