Tasman again top in generosity

Tasman has again topped the list of New Zealand's most generous towns in the Oxfam Unwrapped generosity list.

In its third year, the generosity index looks at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, and has named 10 towns as the most generous givers across the country.

Upper Moutere has been named the most charitable town for the third year running. Upper Moutere ranked highest on the list for having donated the most gifts for its population size - around 165 people, according to Statistics New Zealand.

Takaka has also been a strong contender over the past three years, taking out the runner-up slot each year and donating more than $16,500 over the past seven years to Oxfam's work in the Pacific. The Northland town of Russell took out the top spot for the North Island this year, and third overall.

Areas with the top total gifting are Auckland, with more than $950,000 donated over the last seven years, Wellington and Christchurch.

"Oxfam Unwrapped is a great way for New Zealanders to feel connected to the donations they give," said Oxfam's Marketing and Fundraising Manager Becky Calder.

"Through Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, generous Kiwis have enabled impoverished communities to plant nutritional gardens, gain organic certification for crops, access clean water, better education and medical services, all through giving."

Over the past eight years, Oxfam Unwrapped has raised more than $4.3 million from generous Kiwis to help these communities work their way out of poverty.

With brand new gifts from a box of chocolates for the ethical chocolate lover in your life, to bathroom units providing clean water for drinking and sanitation in areas at risk of waterborne diseases, Oxfam Unwrapped has something for everyone. Every gift represents a real tool used by Oxfam staff to support Pacific people towards a better and brighter future

Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased at oxfamunwrapped.org.nz or 0800 400 666.