NZOIA: Tall Totara Awards

We are stoked that both Tim Wills and Lyndsay Simpkin have both been awarded the Tall Totara award in previous years (Tim – 2013, Lyndsay – 1997). The Tall Totara is awarded to a current instructor or guide who personifies ‘excellence in outdoor leadership’. A highly respected role model, someone who has contributed significantly to outdoor education in New Zealand through both work with clients and with aspirant instructors/guides.


  • Currently active as an instructor/guide
  • Well regarded by peers as an inspirational role model, and someone who constantly strives for improvement and excellence
  • A minimum of two referees from different perspectives e.g. employer, peer are required
  • Generally holds one or more NZOIA 2 qualifications
  • A member for a minimum seven years
  • Strong technical, instructional/guiding and educational skills
  • Demonstrated high level of achievement in personal outdoor pursuits and a role model in this regard
  • Role models a commitment to sustainable environmental practices

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