Get moving this March and help bring freedom!

Walk, ride, run or create your own challenge based on the lengths of well-worn trafficking routes and fundraise to  help bring freedom to people trapped in slavery.

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About Poverty Cycle

The Poverty Cycle is a nationwide movement, challenging Kiwis to get fit, have fun and make a difference, to help combat human trafficking and exploitation. Reclaim a trafficking route by creating your own challenge and going the distance! Move with us this March and fundraise to help break the cycle of poverty and injustice for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Sign up now, find out more here!

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What will your challenge be?

Reclaim a well-worn trafficking route and move for freedom this March! These trafficking routes represent the paths victims of human trafficking are taken on through intermediary or transit countries, then forced into slavery and exploitation 

For your challenge, choose one of these commonly used routes and cover the distance! Take part as an individual, or conquer the challenge as a team, with each participant owning a length of the route. You can run, cycle, swim or choose any activity you like. Check out the route maps here and get moving!

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Where does the money go?

The money raised through the Tearfund Poverty Cycle will help support international and local projects. 4.8 million people are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation (approximately the population of New Zealand) 99% of whom are women and girls, you can make a difference!

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Can I sign up now?

Of course you can! The challenge is almost here, so sign up today! Click the “Sign Up” button at the very top of this page to get started. We’d love for you to join our community as we #moveforfreedom this March!

Who are the breakaways?

Taking the lead for Tearfund, breakaways are a small group of supporters who are taking on the Poverty Cycle challenge EARLY and fundraising for ‘Protect’. They are kindly testing our campaign before we launch. We would love you to sponsor them and encourage them on their journey, what they are doing is so important! If you want to take on the challenge of being a breakaway too – you can sign up and we will contact you to let you know more.

Is the Poverty Cycle safe? Is there any reason I shouldn’t do it?

Fitness challenges can be tough, and you’ll need to plan carefully to make sure your challenge is within your limits. You’ll also need to remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be aware of weather conditions if your challenge is outdoors. We also advise against pregnant women taking part in the challenge. If you have concerns or medical issues and wish to take up the Poverty Cycle challenge, please consult your medical professional.

Can I do this as a team?

Of course! Grab your mates and do it together. It’s a fantastic way to share resources, support each other and make your hard-earned dollars do more.

Are there resources to help me?

Definitely! In the Stuff to Help section you can download posters to advertise, tools to help you fundraise and ways to tell people about your challenge. Also, when you sign up for the Poverty Cycle, you’ll start receiving emails filled with fun info, spot prizes and tips to help make this your best challenge. To get to the Stuff to Help page, hover over 'The Challenge' on the main menu, and click 'Stuff to help' on the drop-down title.

What sports/forms of exercise can I choose from?

You can participate using any kind of movement. It doesn’t matter whether you run, cycle, swim, hike or jump-rope, as long as you’re moving with us this March! Still not sure whether you can make a challenge out of your favourite sport? Flick your question to our team at and we’ll send you some ideas.

Wasn’t the Poverty Cycle a road race in Auckland? Why has it changed?

That’s right! Up until last year, the Poverty Cycle was hosted as a road race in Clevedon, Auckland. We’ve watched it go from strength to strength over the past seven years. Because of this strong foundation, we’re now able to take Poverty Cycle nationwide so all New Zealanders can be involved in the move for freedom.

Do I have to base my challenge on a trafficking route?

Focusing on a well-worn trafficking route as the basis for your challenge is recommended, however, it’s not compulsory. It’s up to you how you’d like to complete your challenge! You can participate using any kind of movement and choose the length of your challenge. 


When can I get my tax receipt?

You’ll receive a downloadable tax receipt immediately after your online donation is processed. To access your tax receipt, enter your details into the donor login section on the Poverty Cycle homepage.

Will I get an update as to what my donation has achieved?

Good things take time, and many of the projects Tearfund supports don’t happen overnight. They are long-term projects designed to empower and equip communities for development through the work of our partners. We may not be able to provide an update on your specific donation, but every contribution helps to ensure the success of these projects, and we are committed to showing you the impact of our work. At the end of the Poverty Cycle challenge, you will be sent an update on what the total amount raised can achieve through our partners. Every dollar you donate makes such a difference – so thank you!

Where does the money go?

The money you raise will enable Tearfund’s Protect partners overseas to prevent trafficking and exploitation, release people from exploitation, prosecute offenders and rehabilitate people into better lives. A small portion of the funds will also go to two New Zealand organisations working with vulnerable youth.

How do I know my money gets there?

Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners externally and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved. If you would like further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact

Can we donate as an organisation?

Yes you can! Click on ‘Give to the Cause’ on the main homepage and follow the link for donating as an organisation.

How do I donate to a specific person/team?

To find a specific donation page, type in the name of an individual or team into the search box.


I’m having trouble logging in. Please help.

Have you checked your password? Got the correct email? If you’re still having problems, send us an email at and we’ll check your account.

I don't live in New Zealand, can I still take part?

Sure you can! It's a virtual event, meaning you can take part wherever you are.

Does the window to participate in the challenge close, or can I do it later?

We suggest you sign up as soon as possible so you’re able to take part during the challenge month, but if you’re not able to participate during March, you can complete your challenge anytime. However, please note our leaderboard will refresh on April 1st, and fundraising needs to be completed by 31 March if you would like your tax return to count for this financial year. Any donations processed after 1 April will apply to the 2019/20 financial year.

The Cause

What’s the focus of Tearfund’s Protect cause?

Tearfund’s Protect cause combats human trafficking and exploitation, working across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution and rehabilitation. We work through five partners in five nations – Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Fiji and Sri Lanka. In 2017, our Protect work impacted more than 7000 people caught in modern-day slavery across these five countries.

How many people are trapped in human trafficking and exploitation worldwide?

An estimated 40.3 million people are trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history. 24.9 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation. Of this, 4.8 million are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. 99% of these are women and girls. The estimated annual profit generated through human trafficking and slavery is $230 billion (NZD). Of that, commercial sexual exploitation generates $150 billion.

Does this only happen in one area of the world, or is it a global issue?

Modern slavery occurs in every region of the world. It is most prevalent in Africa (7.6 per 1,000 people), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6.1 per 1,000) then Europe and Central Asia (3.9 per 1,000). Forced labour is highest in Asia and the Pacific, where four out of every 1,000 people are victims.

What do you mean by slavery? What do you mean by human trafficking? What’s the difference?

The ILO describes slavery as situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power. The UN defines human trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. If a child is recruited with the intention of exploitation, this is automatically classed as trafficking regardless of whether coercion is used or not. In short, trafficking is the process by which someone becomes exploited, and slavery is the situation of exploitation they cannot refuse or leave.