Northpower participants in last year’s Wild Kiwi event

Deadline looms

by Paul Campbell

Northpower is looking for 10 keen people to take part in its Wild Kiwi Scholarship Programme with a deadline looming for applications of November 30.

Entries are open for the 2020 Northpower Wild Kiwi multisport event near Whangarei, and they are expected to hit record levels.

The scholarship allows 10 people to receive eight weeks of full training support, and free entry to the 8km run/walk event.

The aim is to help some local Northlanders who would not usually have the health and wellness support around them to participate in the event by completing the 8km run or walk — while improving their physical and mental wellbeing along the journey.

Total Sport’s Mark Fordham says the Northpower Wild Kiwi is now the biggest multisport event in the region.

It is only expected to grow with the active partnership formed with Northpower.

“The focus for Total Sport and Northpower is really health and wellness. We both want to take a leadership role in this and support people to make positive changes in their lifestyle, then to come and enjoy the stunning Whangarei Heads.” Northpower’s general manager of People and Capability, Andrea O’Brien says the scholarship winners will be provided with a personalised training programme, nutritional and lifestyle advice, with training sessions each week, that will run-up to and include the Northpower Wild Kiwi event on Saturday, April 4 2020.

Last year, the Northpower Wild Kiwi event had more than 700 participants, and it is anticipated to reach more than 900 in 2020.

Applications for the scholarship programme close on November 30. More information can be found at or

To enter the 2020 Northpower Wild Kiwi, visit