Oxfam Trailwalker latest news

The latest news from Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 21 Apr 2016 - 10:56am

Thanks for all your corrections to the results, here are the final results from Oxfam Trailwalker 2016.  Well done everyone, these results will be used for your certificates to be distributed at our Award nights.  If you can’t make it along to one we will post it out to you afterwards.

Posted on 20 Apr 2016 - 11:20am

Keep up the fundraising and your team may be heading to Vanuatu to see the huge difference you've made.

Our top fundraising team by the final fundraising deadline of May 1 will win:

  • Return airfares (ex Akl) for 4, accommodation,
  • transfers to see Oxfam’s work, and
  • the chance to have a well deserved relax!

We are so close to our $1 million fundraising target. If everyone raised another $65 (that's just another 3 friends giving 

Posted on 18 Apr 2016 - 6:27pm

There have been a few amazing videos from Oxfam Trailwalker published on social media by participants and media.

We've added them to our OTW16 YouTube playlist for you to enjoy and also included them here.

The latest video is from TV One's Tagata Pasifika who produced a segment about the event that focused on the experience of a couple of teams that included members with Pacific Island heritage, Free Fobs & a Hori and It Takes a Village. Tagata Pasifika last did a story about Oxfam Trailwalker in 2009.

Amazingly, the first participant video we found online was published on the Sunday evening. After walking 100 km in 30 hours and 42 minutes, Hong Kong visitor Marcus from team Boots Manoeuvre still found the energy to edit this video showing his experiences and the scenery throughout the 100km course, including the unplanned flood crossings, the welcomes at each checkpoint, the jet boat river crossing, the mud slide and more. Unmissable.

Auckland team the Fit Rockers were back for their third consecutive year of Oxfam Trailwalker. Both those years they also produced a video, (which we included in our 2015 and 2014 playlists), and this year they didn't disappoint either, documenting their experiences hour by hour around the course. 

Posted on 15 Apr 2016 - 11:05am

Our annual Oxfam Trailwalker NZ event survey is now live. Please provide us with your feedback on what went well and what can be improved for future years. Complete the survey by May 15 and you could win a $100 Grabone voucher!

There are versions of the survey for: 

Posted on 11 Apr 2016 - 11:56am

Our official event photographers, Hey That's Me, tell us that all the team photos from the event are now online for purchase or for free sharing online.

Check them out

To search your team type into the search bar "oxfam 2016" and then your bib number. This will bring up all the photos of your team. They had a few photos where the bib number was not visible, so they have all been loaded with a number of 0000, so please search that too

Don't know the bib number of the team you want to find? Here is a list of bib numbers (PDF).

All purchases you make, Hey That's Me donate 40% back to Oxfam. Sales made, will go straight back into your team fundraising, with many thanks from the team of Hey That's Me. What an awesome way, to boost your hard work!

Plus they have a Facebook only special offer with some huge savings which must be purchased before 1 May 2016.

heythatsme: Oxfam Trailwalker 2016 Whakatane &emdash; 2038

Posted on 5 Apr 2016 - 2:56pm

We know you've been hanging out for them, but we had some missing times that we had to chase up before we could release them. And we've been so busy packing up in Whakatāne and transporting all the equipment back to Auckland.

Anyway excuses over, here are the first draft of the results:

There are almost certainly some timing mistakes, so please email info@oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz if you spot a mistake and we'll get it corrected for the next draft.

The results reflect the difficulty of the course and the extreme weather conditions – there are more retirements than normal and the times taken are longer than normal.

A massive congratulations to each and every one of you who set foot from that start line. We couldn’t be more proud of you all for challenging yourselves and challenging poverty in such challenging weather conditions.


Posted on 3 Apr 2016 - 12:49pm

Checkpoint 6 was held at Rewatu Marae in Poroporo, the first marae in the Oxfam Trailwalker's history to act as a checkpoint. The local iwi and hapū put on a fantastic welcome for exhausted teams who were coming down off the hills for the final time at the 88km mark. Checkpoint 6 needs to be open for the longest time with teams spread out from runners to stragglers across 18 hours from 8pm Saturday until 2pm Sunday and we heard that while some of the volunteers worked shifts, others stayed there the whole time because they were afraid to miss anything!

Matresses were put down in the wharenui for anyone to sleep, marae-style. We heard that they were used, although mainly by support crew rather than teams.

They also had a couple of foot spas which were very popular with the teams, and maybe some sneaky support crews too? Thank you so much Rewatu Marae.


Posted on 3 Apr 2016 - 10:18am

Here are the amazing Last of the Summer Winos finishing dressed up as old ladies with their support crew of hen pecked old men following behind. We've previously recognised the winos as a team of the week and this is not their first Trailwalker. They finished in only 26:50. Incredible.

Oxfam Trailwalker NZ encourages teams to finish in fancy dress to add to the fun of the finish; we provide a station for teams to get changed just before the finish and there is a prize at the awards nights for the best-dressed finsihers.

Posted on 3 Apr 2016 - 9:52am

Last night we visited Checkpoint 5 at Te Kura Whare where we discovered they had put on a truely welcoming disco experience for the exhausted walkers who had just accomplished the hardest leg of the trail.

Te Kura Whare is an amazing sustainable 'living building' built by Tuhoe on the edge of Taneatua, gateway to Te Urewera the homeland of Tuhoe. Te Kura Whare is made of Te Urewera materials and made by Tuhoe hands. It is completely "off the grid" powered by solar panels and incorporates a range of systems to minimise its environmental impact. Oxfam is very thankful to Tuhoe for the use of Te Kura Whare for Checkpoint 5 at Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 3 Apr 2016 - 9:08am

Good morning everyone. At 9 am, there are just less than a hundred teams still out on the course. All the 50 K teams have finished obviously. 74 of the 100 K teams have finished, 31 have passed Checkpoint 6 and are on the easy final stretch to the finish, and 63 are on the railway line and hills between Checkpoints 5 and 6. Its a pleasant morning here in Whakatane, why couldn't it have been like this yesterday. Not surprisingly it does look like there have been a few more retirals than normal, but it is a testament to the resiliance of our amazing trail walkers that most have kept going despite the hardships.