In 2016, Lautrec forged a relationship with Oxfam Aotearoa to work on projects that are important to us as an Organisation and in line with our vision which is to ‘apply our knowledge and skills to create a better, fairer and more sustainable planet, both individually and collectively.

In 2019, our relationship reached a new milestone where we entered into a partnership to work on a project called FLOW which is a five-year project with support from Lautrec and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

What is FLOW?

FLOW stands for Fostering Lasting Opportunities for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  The objective is to improve the health, resilience and quality of life for remote and vulnerable communities, particularly women and children in the Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.

FLOW seeks to impact 30,000 lives in partnership with schools, rural communities and health centres.

Lautrec’s involvement

Towards the end of 2019, Lautrec sent two staff members to the Eastern Highlands where they met local partners and visited some of the education centres and hospitals and participated in a planning workshop.

The impact of Covid has meant that a field trip for our staff planned for 2020 has been postponed and we are looking at ways to support the project remotely as it continues to be rolled out by local Oxfam staff.

Our goal is to work with Oxfam New Zealand, Oxfam in Papua New Guinea (OiPNG) and local partners to provide engineering (structural and water) where it is needed.


Other Oxfam Aotearoa initiatives

Taps Off Day

Living in New Zealand, you may take it for granted the access we have to fresh water.  Taps Off Day reminds us that not everyone is as fortunate as us and stresses the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Lautrec were one of the sponsors for 2017 Taps Off Day.

Vanuatu WASH Project

Vanuatu WASH Project

The Directors went to Vanuatu to meet with key members of the programme to find out more about what they do and initiatives used to become self-sustaining.  We are excited to see how this project develops and how we can support other countries that are part of the WASH programme.

Oxfam Water Challenge

Oxfam Water Challenge


The Oxfam Water Challenge raises money for potable projects in Melanesia.  In 2016 part of our fundraising included kayaking the Avon.  We intend on competing in this years challenge and have already started fundraising.