Bluff to Cape Reinga Arthritis NZ fundraiser

Date published
22 Sep 2016

Epic Arthritis NZ fundraiser walk by Otago nursing student – can you assist?

Second-year Otago Polytechnic nursing student and incoming New Zealand Rural General Practice Network student representative Kazushi Noiri, aka Kaz, is embarking on a 66-day walk - the length of New Zealand - to raise funds for Arthritis NZ. The 29 year-old is likely to be passing through your town or one nearby during the epic trek, which begins on October 12 in Bluff and is scheduled to finish on December 16 at Tapotupotu, Cape Reinga.

Kaz on the road walking

October 12 is World Arthritis Day and Kaz hopes to raise $5000 for Arthritis NZ. Rural practice staff along the route are welcome to walk a few metres or kilometres with Kaz, who is also looking for accommodation along the way. Follow this link to see his destination and arrival schedule.

“I will be on my own on the road, walking. It will be brilliant if there are some people keen to join me for any distance while I’m out there,” he says.

“It is a long distance to cover and I am truly excited by the adventure. I love the outdoors and being active, and always had an idea of walking the entire length of this beautiful country, Aotearoa. I am also a volunteer for an age care organization and have seen how hard everyday life can be for people with arthritis. Also knowing that arthritis can develop at any age and it can affect individuals’ lives significantly, I decided to put my efforts into a good cause to support the community. “Otago Polytechnic has been supporting my journey. They created an amazing video clip for me and a blog/Facebook page and donation page for which I am extremely grateful.”

Kaz hopes to be in Wellington on November 8 when The Rural New Zealand Network and NZLocums staff will meet and accompany him for part of the journey.

Kaz plans to work in nursing in rural New Zealand and says working in a remote rural community has always been his dream. “I have always dreamed about working in a medical field to help others, especially given I was such an accident prone child. A medical facility was almost always my second home.” Experiencing and seeing incredible nursing care in New Zealand inspired him to chase his dream in nursing and he says he is “loving every movement of the study. I believe being outdoor-minded led me to pursue my vision and interest in rural life”. Kaz also surfs, runs, cycles, swims, snowboards and climbs, in fact anything physical.


Fundraising page link: Every day hero

Up-to-date information during the walk will be posted on Facebook:

To make a donation to the team follow the link: