About parkrun New Zealand

New Zealand parkrun had its inaugural start in Lower Hutt, Wellington on the 5th May 2012. Richard McChesney, a very keen parkrunner, had been living in the UK for a number of years and was very excited to bring the parkrun concept back with him when he returned to Lower Hutt. Cornwall Park followed soon after in the July initiated by the de Charmoy family.

Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who started his 'parkrun' phenomena in 2004 at Bushy Park, could not have predicted how something so simple could evolve into a way of life for so many. It's just mates meeting for a run, but that's exactly how Noel and Lian de Charmoy met Paul many years ago in Johannesburg. Even separate hemispheres can’t dull old friendships so when approached to get parkrun New Zealand on the map, Lian and Noel agreed and with great family support from daughters Caitlin and Kelly, parkrun has become a welcome feature in communities across New Zealand.

Contact parkrun New Zealand

Please email newzealand@parkrun.com