Oxfam Trailwalker latest news

The latest news from Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 24 Jan 2016 - 9:59am

This week’s Team of the Week…. the Blister Sisters!

In an impressive balancing act, this team have managed to juggle both training and fundraising in their preparations. They’ve already zoomed past their original fundraising target and up to fifth place on the fundraising board thanks to a Sileni Estates Wine Fundraiser and individual donations.

The team are also clearly anticipating the gruelling side of Oxfam Trailwalker (just see their name) and have thrown themselves into training. Working through shorter walks up to full-on hikes; between the four of them they’ve recently trekked through Kaweka Forest Park and up Mt Holdsworth, squeezing a three day tramp into a day and half. Phew. Amazing job!

Posted on 24 Jan 2016 - 9:37am

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Posted on 17 Jan 2016 - 9:56am

This week’s Team of the Week….Team Orsom!

Team Orsom boasts a true family team with Dad, son, daughter and close family friend all getting in on the action. They’ve even got Mum on the support crew! (For the eleventh time!)

All the family have an Oxfam Trailwalker history to back up them up during the challenge, with Dad John on his twelfth Oxfam Trailwalker and his eighth in New Zealand. Whew.

It’s awesome that a family has come together to take on Oxfam Trailwalker. Great job!

Posted on 10 Jan 2016 - 9:48am

This week’s Team of the Week has to be the Merry Berries!

Taking advantage of the beautiful New Zealand summer and Kiwi sweet tooth, the Merry Berries have come up with the perfect fundraising approach. For every ice cream Julian’s Berry Farm and Café sells, the team donates 5 cents to their Oxfam Trailwalker fundraiser. Even though summer has barely started the team have almost beaten their target already. Awesome job!

Alongside this ice creamy goodness the Merry Berries have been heading out on training runs, heroically enduring rolled ankles along the way. They’ve also got sponsorship from Tip Top who are donating merchandise and a Kapiti product for a raffle. Go team! 

Posted on 3 Jan 2016 - 9:33am

This week’s Team of the Week…Ain'TT noTThing gonna break our sTTride!

In a show of ingenuity and creativity this team are raising funds through handcrafting beautiful Christmas crackers for the holiday season! (For a sneak peek check out their Facebook page!) Awesome fundraising idea in the true Christmas spirit. The team are also representing Tonkin + Taylor, one of Oxfam Trailwalker’s main sponsors. Great job and good luck with all those crackers!

Posted on 27 Dec 2015 - 9:06am

This week’s Team of the Week…Team Pure who are representing Pure SEO.

Pulling on their innovation and resourcefulness, as befits a team of search engine optimisation specialists, Team Pure came up with a great fundraising idea for the summer.  Working with the Auckland Picnic Club, Team Pure are organizing an Oxfam Party Picnic, offering an afternoon of food, music and entertainment in exchange for a small donation to Oxfam Trailwalker! So if anyone’s in a picnic mood on the 2nd January head over to Victoria Park!  Awesome idea and amazing job fundraising. Keep it up!

Posted on 20 Dec 2015 - 9:03am

This week’s ‘Team of the Week’ has to be Twinkle Toes! Don’t be conned by their fluffy name, this team has leapt headfirst into the game.

Figuring out the surest way to get support, ‘Twinkle Toes’ ran a Sileni Estates Wine Fundraiser that raised almost $2000 and pushed them straight past their original fundraising target! And instead of stopping there, the team rallied new ideas, energy and raised the bar even higher!  Their fundraising even has a community wide focus, for the next few months their local Thorndon coffee shop Green Land Café is donating its tip jar proceeds to Twinkle Toes. Awesome job all round!

Posted on 13 Dec 2015 - 9:00am

This week’s team of the week has to be ‘Trail Talkers!’ Coming in as Oxfam Trailwalker’s youngest team by far, these sixteen year olds have already climbed to seventh on the fundraising board!

Way ahead of the curve, Trail Talkers have beaten their original target of $2000 through individual donations, quiz nights and raffles – while juggling the horrors of exams as well. In between all that, they’ve been hitting the gym and hiking with their school’s tramping club.
They’re even flexing their creative spirit as well as their muscles and brainstorming costume ideas for the final leg of the trek….so keep your eyes open for this quartet. Awesome job! 

Posted on 6 Dec 2015 - 8:55am

This week’s Team of the Week has to be…. ‘Like the Grind!’ They have been our leading team since the beginning and are still going strong!
They’ve raised funds from everywhere and anywhere with their generous sponsors Goleman Exterior Building Care, Cool Moves and Service Resources all providing donations.  The team also held a quiz night in October and – appealing to Jedi’s everywhere – are screening a premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. On top of that they’re running a fishing charter raffle and weekly lotto bonus ball! Whew, give everyone a chance to catch up!
Miraculously even while juggling all these fundraisers, the team are still gunning to complete the 100km in less than 24 hours.   They’ve leapt into training, most recently having hiked Colonial Knob to Mt Kaukau and have even done some walking barefoot to harden their feet up.

Good luck keeping up with this powerhouse!

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 - 3:51pm

Last week with four months to go until Oxfam Trailwalker 2016, an Oxfam team headed out to the trail in sunny Whakatāne.

Not up to the level of true Oxfam Trailwalker participants we split the 100km between us and set about recording trail directions for signposting.  Most importantly we made sure the route really was only 100km long.

The trail offered a stunning mixture of beaches, forests and rivers – and a one-off encounter with some cows that will definitely not be present on the day. The variation in terrain made it impossible to get bored on the walk. So think about the views when setting your time target!

Whakatāne certainly lived up to its reputation as the sunshine capital of New Zealand, forcing the wise team members to slap on our first sunscreen of the summer. Here’s hoping for the same sunshine in April.

Check out more photos of the route on Facebook:


Scenes from the Whakatāne Oxfam Trailwalker route

Posted by Oxfam Trailwalker NZ on Wednesday, 25 November 2015