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.

Chris Newland, Operations Director
Chris joined Oxfam New Zealand in April 2016 to help run the ‘engine room’ that is Oxfam’s back office. Having been an active Oxfam supporter for many years, the opportunity to use his professional experience to help more directly in the work Oxfam does was something he could not pass up. Having travelled extensively overseas, Chris is very aware of the challenges faced by those living in poverty, and is passionate about how important Oxfam’s work is in addressing these inequality issues. With over 20 years of operational experience in the commercial sector, Chris now provides strategic direction and overall management of Oxfam’s key organisational service functions, including finance, human resources, health & safety, IT and general office support.

Angela Wilton, Director of Partnerships
Angela joined Oxfam New Zealand in July 2016 to head up the newly-restructured Partnerships Team, responsible for the long-term development and humanitarian programming of the organisation.  Prior to moving to Auckland, Angela worked in Canada, Kenya and NZ (Wellington) for another major NGO, with a focus on children’s rights and youth programming.  As a Regional Director for Programme Development and Quality in Nairobi, Kenya, for example, Angela supported the organisation to transition to a new operating model that worked towards a shift in power and decision-making to the global South.  Between 2007 and 2010, Angela worked for the NZ Aid Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, within the Pacific Division.  She has also lived and worked in India, Belgium, the UK and Tanzania.  She holds two Masters degrees, her first from the University of Auckland, and her second in Cultures and Development Studies from a university in Belgium.  She is originally from Auckland, although grew up in Canada.

Paula Feehan, Advocacy and Campaigns Director
Paula joined Oxfam in February 2016 and is a life-long supporter of campaigns for social, political and economic justice. She returned to New Zealand after 20 years in London where she worked for ActionAid, a rights-based organisation tackling the structural causes of poverty. Paula sees climate change and inequality as the biggest justice issues of our times and is honoured to be working for Oxfam to mobilise New Zealanders to take action for long-term change to end the injustices that cause poverty. She has a B.A in Politics and M.A (Hons) in International Political Economy from Victoria University, Wellington.

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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.