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Nathan Fa'avae

Nathan is 42 years old. He lives rurally in Tasman Bay, near Nelson with his wife Jodie and 3 children Jessie, Zephyr and Tide.
His main career has been Outdoor Education and Adventure Tourism so leadership, logistics and managing people safely in outdoor sport is an area he is an expert in. He has extensive knowledge in Corporate Level outdoor activities too. In 2012 Nathan became a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.


He has been a semi professional and full time professional athlete for 22-years and currently Captains NZ's highest ranked Adventure Racing Team. 
He has competed at national level kayaking, cycling, running and multisport, competed internationally mountain biking and adventure racing. He has traveled extensively around the world competing in sport.

1st Adventure Racing World Championships, Ecuador
1st Next Generation Adventure Race
1st Cairnmuir Rogaine
1st GeoQuest, Australia
1st Expedition Africa, South Africa
2nd Portage Race
1st Godzone Adventure NZ
Kiwi Brevet finisher

1st Mystery Lake Adventure Race
1st Remarkables Road Run
2nd Eco Motion Pro, Brazil
1st Southern Lakes Kayak Winter Series
1st Peak to Peak (Veteran! - 4th overall)
2nd Heights of Winter
1st Wanaka Rogaine - 12-hours Timburn
1st Rollos 24-hour Adventure Race
2nd Wenzhou Outdoor Challenge, China
1st Godzone Adventure, NZ
3rd KBAR NZ Multisport Championships
1st Send off Summer Multisport, Wanaka
2nd Clutha Classic River Race

1st World Adventure Racing Championships, France
1st Ordos Adventure Challenge, China
2nd Heights of Winter
1st Portage Race
1st Godzone Adventure (Adventure Racing World Series),NZ
1st Tierra Viva (Adventure Racing World Series)
Patagonia, Argentina
6th Wulong Mountain Quest - China

1st St James Rogaine
3rd Adventure Racing World Championships, Tasmania
3rd Tour de Tasman
1st Wulong Mountain Quest - China
2nd Expedition Idaho, USA
3rd Heights of Winter
29th Surf Ski World Champs, Molokai, Hawaii
1st Mana Ocean Challenge
1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series
11th King of the Harbor

1st Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
2nd Buller Gorge Descent
3rd South Island Orienteering Championships - middle
2nd Adventure Racing World Championships - Spain
2nd Abel Tasman Coastal Classic
1st Zunyi Mountain Challenge - China
2nd Wulong Mountain Quest - China
3rd Tour de Tasman
1st Gibbs Hill Challenge
1st Mid Winter Triathlon
1st Heights of Winter
1st NZ Adventure Racing Championships
1st Portage Race
1st Crazyman
1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series
2nd National Rogaine Championships

1st Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge
3rd Dream Raid - New Caledonia
1st Rollos 24 hour race
1st Rollos 6-hour race
1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series
3rd Portage Race

1st Grape Ride Magnum
2nd Heights of Winter
1st Rollos 24 hour race
1st 6-hour race
2nd City Safari
2nd Coppermine Classic


1st Grape Ride Magnum
2nd Rainbow Rage
1st National Rogaine Championships
6th Adventure Racing World Championships - Scotland
1st Southern Traverse
1st Rollos 24 hour race
1st Phillip Wareing Triathlon
1st Adventure Racing World Championships NZ
1st Arrow Queenstown
1st Arrow Christchurch
1st Musselman
5th Raid Gauloises - France
Racing in Mexico & South Africa / Namibia
1st Primal Quest USA
1st Balance Bar Series USA
1st Arrow Hanmer
3rd Outdoor Quest Borneo
3rd Explore Sweden
1st Rotorangi Gutbuster
1st Tuatara Banks Peninsula Race

1st Outdoor Quest Borneo
1st Balance Bar LA
3rd Primal Quest USA
5th Raid Gauloises - Kyrgyzstan
1st Eco Challenge Fiji
1st Gorge Games USA
1st Southern Traverse NZ
5th Primal Quest USA
2nd Eco Challenge NZ
2nd Adventure Racing World Championships Switzerland
5th Raid the North Canada
1st Adventure Racing World Championships NZ
10th Raid Gauloises Tibet / Nepal
1st Southern Traverse
1st Tongariro Mountain Classic
1st PW Memorial Triathlon
2nd Speights Coast to Coast

1st Motu Challenge
1st Kahurangi Endurance Triathlon
1st Musselman
1st Mangatapu Triathlon
3rd Goldrush
3rd Speights Coast to Coast
1st Mangatapu Triathlon
3rd Kahurangi Endurance Triathlon
10th Speights Coast to Coast 2-day (day 1 leader)

1991-1997 NZ MTB Team – Pro/Elite XC
51-wins from 85 starts
Highest National Ranking #2


While sport has been a huge part of his life and for a period a full time job, Nathans ‘real’ career is outdoor education and adventure tourism. He studied Physical Education at Otago University for a year but a huge snow dump in Wanaka convinced him that a season pass at Treble Cone would be a better use of time. He then studied Outdoor Leadership at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). He worked as a sea kayak guide in the Abel Tasman National Park for 9 seasons, the later 3 years ran Kiwi Kayaks, a business Nathan and his wife founded and operated. Kiwi Kayaks won a New Zealand Small Business Award in its first year. They sold the business to work as Instructors at the NZ Outward Bound School for 3 years.
Other career highlights include;
· NZ foreign aid – employed to establish a sea kayak company in the Solomon Islands
- Safety Director Kite Surfing event Fiji 2006
· Celebrity Speakers – Motivational Speaker
· Whenua Iti Outdoor Pursuits Centre
· Nelson College Outdoor Education Programme
· Travel writer for Pure NZ
· NMIT – AVT Tutor
· NCC Youth Worker
· Rainbow Ski field – Transport and Snow Board instructing
· Corporate Adventure Training Event Director
· Natural History – Talent for Bicycle Documentary

Nathan owns an Adventure Events Company that runs events in NZ with the aim of going global.
He currently works for SPORT NZ in the Sports Ambassador programme.

- Director of Ten Events Ltd
- Director of Absolute Wilderness
- Director of a property development company ‘Beech Adventures’
- Co Director of Source to Sea Ltd
- Outward Bound Ambassador
- Summit Rescue Helicopter Ambassador
- Patron of Whenua iti OPC
- Network Tasman Trustee
- NZ Multisport Association Committee
- Race Director Yealands Yak

In 2007 Nathan was employed by VHQ TV to manage the Outdoor Safety and Activities for the CRUNCH TV show, he spent 4-months in China preparing and managing the outdoor elements.


· NZOIA Bush 2 / Sea Kayak 2
· NZOIA Bush 1 / Rock 1 / Canoe 1 / Kayak 1
· SKONAZ Sea Kayak Award
· NZMSC Risk Management
· NZMSC Avalanche Awareness
· St John First Aid
· First Aid consultants Outdoor First Aid
· Radio Operators Licence
- Virgil Scudder & Associates Media Training Course
· NZMS Day Skippers and Boat Masters
· Traffic Management Controller
· Certificate in Outdoor Leadership
- STMS Qualified
- Kiwi Host

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