The Great New Zealand Tractor Trek 2018

Posted Wednesday February 7, 2018
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The Great New Zealand Tractor Trek 2018 is coming to Central Otago to support Otago Community Hospice.

The second Great New Zealand Tractor Trek is travelling over the Nevis Pass and through to Hawea via Cromwell on February 14th, 2018, in a bid to raise funds and awareness for our local Otago Community Hospice.

Led by Trek Founder Phil Aish, a cavalcade of tractors, jeeps and trucks is travelling over 2,600km from Bluff to Cape Reinga from 12 February to 9 March and will visit towns along the way.

Locals are invited to welcome the trekkers and check out the tractor line up – it is estimated that the cavalcade will be passing Cromwell at around 3pm on Wednesday February 14th. Hospice volunteers and staff will be providing the convoy afternoon tea at Webbs Fruit Stall, before they make their way to Hawea campground.

The Trek is a labour of love for Phil Aish, who did a similar Trek in 2016 to honour a promise made to his wife Janice in her last weeks of life. Phil and Janice wanted to say thank you to Hospice for the immeasurable support Mercy Hospice in Auckland provided the Aish family during Janice’s last days. When discussing the practicalities of such a Trek, Janice told him to ‘do it’.

“You can’t put a price on having the burden of care lifted off your shoulders when someone close to you has a life-limiting illness. Hospices in towns all over New Zealand provide people and their families with a very special type of care and support. Our family didn’t know it existed until we needed it. I want other families to know that these amazing services are being provided in their own communities, so they have an opportunity to acknowledge and support them in any way they can,” says Phil.

In the 2018 Trek, Phil, along with supporters, friends and family hope to collect at least $100,000, the same amount raised during the 2016 Trek. All donations go directly to hospice services.

Hospices aim to help people with life-limiting conditions to make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them. Hospice care has a unique whole person approach, which means physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are all equally important. A multidisciplinary team provides care to a person who is dying as well as their families and friends both before and after death.

Hospice NZ CEO, Mary Schumacher, says “Phil and the team behind The Great NZ Tractor Trek capture the hearts of people across the country– it’s such a wonderful way to raise awareness of hospice services in local communities”. Hospices receive some funding from the Government, but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall each year. “We’re so grateful to people like Phil and his supporters who help ensure hospice care remains free of charge across New Zealand”, says Mary.

People can support the work of Hospice by donating to the Tractor Trek NZ 2018 at


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