And we’re off!

What a beautiful day to kick off the Titirangi Mt Everest Challenge! The maunga has been a hive of activity all morning, and already 100 climbs have been logged on the website.

Tonight, we’re holding an opening event, where we’ll have a group climb leaving Te Poho-O-Rawiri Marae at 5:30, followed by a welcome, blessing and a chance to purchase one of the new T-shirts at the summit.

The T-shirts will be sold for $20 cash only, and 100% of the sale is donated to bowel cancer patients in Tairāwhiti

Bowel Cancer diagnosis packs purchased as a result of Titirangi Challenge fundraising

From 2018, Bowel Cancer sufferers in Tairāwhiti will each receive a kete of gas vouchers and specialist information, to provide support in their time of need. The initiative, driven by Fiona Shivnan, was made possible by the generous donations of participants in the 2017 Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge. Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Events Advisor Debbie Hutchings says, “we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Titirangi Challenge community. Their donations have made a truly special initiative possible.”


Titirangi challengers

Significant contributions were made by Gisborne Pak N’ Save, and Ovation, which drove the total funds raised close to $5,000.


Each kete will contain $250 in petrol vouchers, to assist in the expensive travel costs for patients travelling for treatment, as well as a range of support resources for both the patient and their whānau, created by The Cancer Society.

Help us to improve next year – and order your (free) custom certificate!

At the start of this year, we asked you how we could improve the Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge, and you gave us a heap of great ideas, many of which led this year to being the biggest and best yet. We’d like to ask you once again how we could improve the challenge, in hope that we can improve even further for next year.

At the end of the survey, you can order your customised certificate!

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Well done to you all

We made it! Congratulations to everyone who took on the challenge, pushed themselves and achieved their own goals. We have heard countless inspiring stories throughout the challenge and to say that we’re sad it’s finishing is an understatement.

We broke every record in the book over the last seven weeks. Over 1,400 of you joined 200 teams, and together climbed 1.6 million vertical metres. 191 of you have made it to Everest, double that of past years.

Thank you for making this the greatest Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge yet. Enjoy the rest this week, and we’ll see you Sunday, at the Quarter Marathon and Fun Run.

Closing Night Celebrations

4:30pm – Meet at the marae

To celebrate what’s been the biggest and best year yet, we’re holding a ‘closing night’ climb, prize-giving and one final catch-up.

The plan is to meet at the marae at 4:30pm and walk in what will no doubt be the largest group that’s ever climbed the maunga.

At the top we’ll have games, activities, a giant ‘mystery’ inflatable, prizes, music and more.

See you there!

Titirangi Mt. Everest Challenge – Week 5 Update

It’s been another huge week on Titirangi, with events, news teams and the usually highway of foot traffic. Over the course of the week we were lucky to spend a lot of time on the maunga, and heard some incredible, inspiring stories of your success.

With the end of the challenge rapidly approaching (Sunday October 29th), we’re having to turn our attention to celebrating the completion of the 2017 challenge.

Make a note in your diary for Sunday October 29th. We will hold a celebratory walk to the top with as many of you as possible. We will be giving certificates to all the individuals and teams who have made it to the top of Everest and will have a few more spot prizes to give away.

Top 10 Individuals:
kel t (Whanaufit) – 232 Climbs
Allan (No team) – 205 Climbs
Coppo (Graham and Dobson) – 204 Climbs
Marie (No team) – 201 Climbs
Monarus (No team) – 165 Climbs
Karen (No team) – 163 Climbs
Kat (Hullkfit)- 156 Climbs
shaunie t (Whanaufit) – 150 Climbs
Bobbie (Maringi) (Huringa Pai Whanau) – 140 Climbs
Tutira (Freedom Fitness) – 134 Climbs

Top 10 Teams:
Huringa Pai – Whanau living healthy longer (members:40) Climbs – 1458
Whānaufit (members:29) Climbs – 1393
HULLKFIT (members:26) Climbs – 1041
Turanga Health Kaimahi (members:45) Climbs – 690
Cheetahs (members:17) Climbs – 564
Ngatis (members:15) Climbs – 455
PAK’nSAVE GG Grocery Army (members:27) Climbs – 442
Graham & Dobson (members:14) Climbs – 361
The Hillbillies (members:14) Climbs – 328
Eastland Community Trust Eastland Community Trekkers (members:10) Climbs – 301

Spot Prizes:
20 lucky people have won a spot prize this week! To collect, drop in to Sean Shivnan Pharmacy, 578 Gladstone Rd
Couper Reid
Phoeb Wesche
Robert Matete
Lee Foley
Bruce Allen
Preston Olsen
James Raroa
Aleisha Smith
Kim Radovanovich
Laura McMahon
Terry Miringaorangi
Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell
Pj Goodlett
Huia Phillips
Te aroha Tuhou-Smith
Reremoana Campbell
rose henderson
Thomas Rutene
Wes Turipa
Ash Ratima