Tasman the most charitable district

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The top of the South takes out Oxfam’s most generous New Zealand region.

Oxfam New Zealand has released their 2015 Unwrapped Generosity List with Upper Moutere taking out the title of New Zealand’s most generous town for the fifth year in a row. Second place was taken out by Takaka and Brightwater managed to squeeze in at tenth place.

Rachael Le Mesurier, Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand sends her congratulations to Upper Moutere and Takaka for being New Zealand’s most generous communities.

“It’s fabulous that once again Kiwis in some of our most beautiful rural areas are giving a hand-up to rural communities in developing countries and helping them to build a better future for their families.”

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said: “As a predominantly rural and lifestyle district, community co-operation is typical of Tasman residents. It is heartening to see giving does not finish at the end of the street. Our supportive communities are what make living in Tasman so great.”

Rankings are based on the number of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts purchased per capita in each town.

The top 10 most generous towns in Oxfam Unwrapped’s Generosity List are:

1.    Upper Moutere
2.    Takaka
3.    Waimauku
4.    Taupiri
5.    Raglan
6.    Waitati
7.    Ohaupo
8.    Akaroa
9.    Port Chalmers
10.  Brightwater

Over the years, the Oxfam Unwrapped campaign has raised an incredible $5.65 million to help lift the lives of people in the developing world.

Kiwis purchased a total of $350,000 worth of Oxfam Unwrapped gifts last year ranging from favourites like the Oxfam goat, to toilets for communities and vanilla.

“The impact of Oxfam Unwrapped is huge,” says Rachael. “Thousands of generous Kiwis have provided communities living in poverty with tools, seeds, livestock and skills training so they can earn a decent living. They have provided clean water and toilets, education for young people, and many other life-changing essentials to help people work their way out of poverty.”

Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online at oxfamunwrapped.org.nz or by calling toll-free on 0800 600 700.