The 2017 Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge raised a record breaking $1.25 million for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The firefighters dedicated huge amounts of their personal time over the past six months to exceed their fundraising efforts in 2016 with the top fundraising spots highly contested.
Simon Oliver from New Plymouth West Volunteer Fire Brigade was named the top fundraiser for the second year in a row with an outstanding total of $25,976.
The top individual fundraiser not in a team went to Maaka McKinney who raised $16,430 after he spent 3 weeks cycling up the South Island and walking up the North Island before tackling the stairs on the day. Maaka was greeted with an emotional haka on the morning of the event.
The team that raised the most money was Auckland Airport Rescue Fire who raised $62,218. The brigade who raised the most money based on the number of firefighters in the team was Tamatea Rural Fire Force who raised $21,505.
Josh Harrison from Mount Wellington Station kept his first place spot for seven years running reaching the top of the tower in 9 minutes and 20 seconds. The fastest woman up the tower was Rebecca Wright from Otara Station with a time of 13 minutes and 59 seconds.
2017 Fundraising Awards
Top 3 Individuals (not in a team)
- Maaka McKinney – West Harbour $15,800
- Kevin Hodges – Heretaunga Voluntary Rural Fire Force $6,855.42
- Claire Johnston – Fonterra Waitoa ERT $6,077
Top 3 Individuals (within a team)
- Simon Oliver – Taranaki Stairclimb team $25,976.90
- Lisa Stewart – Rarangi Rural Fire Force $22,742
- Thomas Heywood – Tamatea Rural Fire Force $19,192.90
Class 1: 2 – 5 Team Members
- Rarangi Rural Fire Force $26,002.70
- Tamatea Rural Fire Force $21,505.90
- Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade $15,242.30
Class 2: 6 – 9 Team Members
- Oamaru Volunteer Fire Brigade $40,343.94
- Waiuku VFB $18,605.09
- Onerahi $16,297.22
Class 3: 10+ Team Members
- Auckland Airport Fire Rescue $62,018
- Taranaki Stairclimb team $54,221
- GENESIS ENERGY ERT $48,052.20
2017 Race Results
Donned – Male overall
- Lewis Shaw – Lake Okareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 11:20
- Thomas Firth – Lake Okareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 11:53
- Rasmus Munk – Lake Okareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 13:00
Donned – Female overall
- Lisa Stewart – Rarangi Voluntary Rural Fire Force 15:29
- Naomi Whyte – Waikuku Beach Voluntary Rural Fire Force 16:47
- Kim Parkes – New Plymouth West Volunteer Fire Brigade 16:51
Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Male overall
- Josh Harrison – Mount Wellington Station 09:20
- William Garnett – Auckland Airport Fire Rescue 09:38
- Andrew Tomlinson – Howick Station 09:50
Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Female overall
- Rebecca Wright – Otara Station 13:59
- Hannah-Marie Weston – Mount Maunganui Station 14:13
- Jess Neho – Auckland Airport Fire Rescue 14:16
Firefighter of Steel – Open
- Matthew Buchtmann – ACT Fire and Rescue 11:48
- Robert Foote – Metropolitan Fire Brigade Melbourne 12:14
- Rowan Moorhouse – Piopio Volunteer Fire Brigade 12:49