Paekākāariki a generous town

Paekākāariki placed in the Top 20 of the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List for 2014.

Upper Moutere has defended its title for the fourth year in a row as New Zealand’s most generous town according to the 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Generosity List.

Waimauku took second place, followed by Taupiri and Russell in third and fourth places. Rankings are based on the number of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts purchased per capita in each town.

Kiwis purchased a total of $305,375 worth of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts last year ranging from perennial favourites like the Oxfam goat, to flocks of chicks and toilets for communities.

The top three gifts for 2013 were a pair of chickens, safe water for 10 people, and magic tarp.

In the past seven years, the Oxfam Unwrapped campaign has raised a staggering $5.3 million to help lift the lives of people in the developing world.

Money raised by Kiwis through Oxfam Unwrapped helps build clean water supplies and enables people to grow more food to feed their families, it protects women from violence and gives children a chance at an education.

Here’s how it works: choose a gift from the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue and order online, by phone or mail; you get a card to give to your loved one and the actual gift goes to communities in developing countries.

Through Oxfam Unwrapped, Kiwis are making a huge difference to communities in developing countries. Luke Ledi’s Village in the Solomon Islands was devastated by flash flooding earlier this year. He thanked Oxfam supporters for their contributions with an important reminder: “nevermind if your help is very smallit’s a very big something.”

Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand said: “We’re so humbled by the generosity of Kiwis and want to say thank you on behalf of the many, many people whose lives you have saved from natural disasters and who you have helped leave poverty behind”.

Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online or by calling toll-free 0800 600 700. Check out to find out more.