Towns top for generosity

Last updated 13:00 17/12/2012

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Upper Moutere and Takaka are being feted as the country's two most generous towns.

By looking at the numbers and locations of gifts given through the Oxfam Unwrapped appeal, the 2012 Generosity List names New Zealand's most charitable towns. Upper Moutere has come up trumps for the second year in a row.

It ranked highest on the list for having donated the most gifts for its population - about 152 people according to the Tasman District Council.

The No 2 and No 3 spots went to Takaka and Hauraki's Ngatea, while Collingwood came fourth.

Julia Nicholson, of Oxfam Unwrapped, said donations through the scheme helped families work their way out of poverty through long-term projects such as farming, organics and clean water.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said Tasman residents often helped others in need.

"When whole communities think beyond their own immediate needs to contribute to the well-being of others without fanfare it is gratifying to hear."

Over the past seven years, Oxfam Unwrapped has raised over $4 million from Kiwis to help overseas communities. Oxfam promotes its initiative as an alternative gift idea. Instead of socks or chocolates, New Zealanders can give a donkey or hammer to those living in poverty.

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- The Nelson Mail

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