Nelson Bishop Steve Maina is taking on Nelson MP Nick Smith in a Red Cross challenge set by Rachel Lake to 71km for the charity. Photo: Charles Anderson.

71km challenge between Bishop and MP


Nelson MP Nick Smith doesn’t like to call himself a loser but for the next week he might not have a choice.

Nick has challenged Nelson Bishop Steve Maina in the Red Cross’ fundraising challenge of running 71km, the length of Lake Taupo, over the next week.

They will be separately running 10km for each of the next six days from Tuesday and then complete the final 11km next Monday to complete the 71km challenge.

They have a $1000 sponsorship from King Salmon and have a $100 wager on the best time to be donated to Red Cross.

“I have run 10km before but to do so seven days in a row will be a huge challenge for me,” says Nick.

“It will be good to work off the excess of too much good home cooked food over the past month of Level 4 lockdown.

My $100 bet with Bishop Maina is a loser bet – not only is he a fit Kenyan Kiwi but has God on his side,” Nick says. Bishop Maina says he is pleased to support Red Cross and admires their good work here and abroad.

“This a tough time for so many charities as demand for their services has increased at the same time as fundraising is much more difficult.”

Red Cross’s Nelson-based community fundraising co-ordinator Rachel Lake says she is delighted the pair have taken up her invitation to do the Red Cross Virtual Tour of Lake Taupo.

“I encourage others to join them by walking or running over whatever time-frame people wish by going onto the Red Cross website where they can compare their progress to the Bishop and Dr Smith.”

To take part, people need to donate $25 which will support the Red Cross’s essential services including delivery of medication, food and clothing parcels throughout New Zealand.

“Our work supporting people in times of crisis or disasters is more relevant than ever.”

Nick says Red Cross is a wonderful charity that is providing support nationally and internationally for those affected by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19.