Who we are

Oxfam New Zealand's work is made possible by a network of people committed to Oxfam's vision, including supportersinterns, staff, volunteers, board and overseas partners.

Most of our staff is based in our Auckland office. We also have a policy unit in Wellington and two field offices in Papua New Guinea. Our active group of interns and  volunteers assist us in organising events and actions, or come into our offices to help out.

Oxfam New Zealand's Board helps set out the policy and strategic goals that guide our operations.

Our Executive Director

Rachael Le Mesurier

Rachael Le Mesurier
Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier.

Rachael was a Regional Director with Family Planning New Zealand from 2000 to 2003 and held the position of Executive Director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation from 2003-2010. Since then, she has consulted for a number of organisations, including UN Women, UNAIDS and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on a range of issues including human rights, gender equality, HIV and AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health across the Pacific and in New Zealand.

Rachael has been “a long-time supporter of Oxfam’s work and its approach that places human rights and gender equality at the very heart of development", and she thinks this is “a once in a life-time opportunity.”

She feels that  “Oxfam delivers life-saving emergency responses and life-changing development projects and campaigns. I’m looking forward to working closely with staff, partners and the New Zealand community to achieve Oxfam’s vision and help New Zealand play a strong role in building a more equitable and sustainable world.”

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Leadership Team

Daniel Barthow, Engagement and Marketing Director
Daniel joined Oxfam New Zealand in February 2016. He provides strategic oversight to the Fundraising, Marketing and Communication functions of the organisation.  He has over a decade of experience delivering new and refreshed fundraising and marketing strategies to both small and large not-for profits both in New Zealand and the UK. This includes World Vision, Presbyterian Support, Anthony Nolan and Variety - The Children’s Charity. Having travelled extensively and seeing the impact of organisations helping those struggling to meet their basic needs Daniel associates strongly with the work Oxfam does to end poverty and injustice. Daniel studied Management Studies at the University of Waikato and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies.

Sel Bradley, Operations Director
Sel joined Oxfam in 2012 and leads a Team that manages the Finance, Human Resources, IT, Database and Operational Services, and governance support for Oxfam. He has been a  CEO and GM for medium / large sized business in the commercial sector including for some well known New Zealand brands and has significant business improvement and change management experience with large organisations. His system knowledge and commercial experience, including having worked in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, contribute to supporting Oxfam  in its work throughout the Pacific. He is a member of a number of New Zealand professional bodies such as the Institute of Accountants, Institute of Directors and Institute of Management and holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration, Diploma in Corporate Management and is a Chartered Accountant.

Bert Maerten, Programme Director
Bert Maerten has been Oxfam New Zealand's Programme Director since August 2013. Prior to moving to Auckland, he worked in Southeast Asia. He was Oxfam's Associate Country Director for Vietnam. He managed programmes on land governance, pro-poor markets and voice & empowerment, with a strong focus on ethnic minorities. As East Asia Regional Campaign Coordinator, he supported national and regional advocacy and campaigning on issues such as agriculture, trade and climate change. Between 2008-2010, he led Oxfam’s global climate change campaign. In this role, he led Oxfam’s campaign teams at COP/CMP from Bali to Copenhagen and Cancun. Bert studied international economics and holds a Master in Science of Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. He has lived in Southeast Asia since 1999 and is originally from Belgium.

Dr Jason Myers, Advocacy and Campaigns Director
Dr Jason Myers joined Oxfam New Zealand in October 2014 in the role of Advocacy and Campaigns Director. He provides strategic and operational oversight to the advocacy and campaigns team and works closely with the Director group to ensure an integrated approach to this work. Jason has a PhD in social and cultural geography and brings with him a policy and research background in the areas of public health, HIV, human rights and civil society development. He has led social marketing campaigns and has worked in a number of representational roles in the Asia Pacific region. 

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Oxfam International

Oxfam New Zealand is an affiliate of Oxfam international confederation. The Oxfam international secretariat, based in Oxford, UK, coordinates the strategy and international advocacy programmes of the 17 Oxfam affiliates who are bound by its constitution and code of conduct.

Council for International Development

CID logoOxfam New Zealand is affiliated to the Council for International Development (CID), the NZ umbrella group for development and humanitarian agencies.