The Team Behind the Race

Behind the Tarawera Ultramarathon is a team of some of the most experienced and respected event professionals in New Zealand. We are proud to call them part of the ‘Tarawera family’.  In a Governance role, we have an Advisory Board and a Leverage & Legacy Group.

me-taraweraOrganiser – Paul Charteris
Founder and overall organiser of the Tarawera Ultramarathon. Paul started planning this event in early 2008, although the inspiration behind Tarawera came from an involvement with the Western States Endurance run many years earlier. Paul is responsible primarily for staffing, overall planning, financials, as well as some media, sponsors, athlete and Ultra-Trail World Tour liaison. The Tarawera Ultramarathon is owned/run by NZ Trail Runs Ltd. Contact.


tim-dRace Director – Tim Day
Kia ora, I’m the new Race Director for 2015, and thrilled to be part of the team. By day I’m Dr Tim…. a wildlife biologist running Xcluder, a business focused on technology for protecting natural environments (such as the Tarawera Ultra course) from invasive pest animals. I live, work, hunt, fish and play in the Rotorua region and I spend as much time as possible ‘out there doing it’ with my young family and mates. With my office less than 200m from the start line, I get to run (either barefoot or in my Fivefingers) on different parts of the Tarawera course several time a week…… I’m pretty lucky! I’ve been a middle-of-the-pack runner at Tarawera for the past 2 years, completing the 60km and 85km. My target was completing the 100km in 2014, but I’ve instead jumped on the fantastic opportunity to support Tarawera Ultra and help show off our great place by joining Paul’s team. I’ll be completing the 100km course solo prior to the 2014 event, just so I can finish off my Tarawera Ultra journey, and also be in a better position to support you fantastic race entrants! Bring it on!  Contact.

sarah-rAthlete Liaison & Marketing – Sarah Rosenbaum 
Sarah is our latest addition to the Tarawera team and is mainly involved in athlete and marketing support, community engagement and social media reporting. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Trier University and a Master’s degree in Tourism Management from Colorado State University. Growing up near the Black Forest in Germany, Sarah has always enjoyed the outdoors and knows best how to refuel after spending the day in the forests – eating a BIG Schnitzel! 🙂 Over the past few years, she has lived in the United States and has done voluntary work in various countries including Costa Rica and South Africa. As an ultra-runner, Sarah loves to explore new trails and to share her passion for this sport with everyone who is new to trail running. Contact.


Kawerau Coordinators – Edwina O’Brien and Sue Walker.
Edwina and Sue coordinate volunteers in Kawerau and Tarawera Forest, Kawerau finish-line coordinator and 60km finish-line coordinator. Liaison with many Kawerau community and recreational groups and suppliers. Edwina is extremely capable in all aspects of people management, Kawerau volunteer management, iwi liaison and coordinating staff. She has held management/coordination roles for: Gravity Sports Kawerau 6-Hour Adventure Race, Kawerau Mountain Race, Kawerau Half Marathon, and has played a leadership role in many Kawerau health and wellness initiatives. She has been with the Tarawera Ultra. since the beginning.


Safety Coordinators – Budgie and Henry.
The Peak Safety crew have decades of experience managing risk in the outdoor environment and continue to use the skills and knowledge on a daily basis. Being totally good buggers, they mountain bike, ski, raft, hunt and sea kayak, climb rock, ice and snow, surf, skate, dive, parent and whitewater kayak. They fish in the rivers and oceans and sometimes even catch something. Mark (aka Budgie) has been developing and managing safety systems and emergency response in challenging environments for over 20-years. He has been at the forefront of the development of safety systems in the ski industry and managed the safety services operation for Whakapapa Ski Area, the largest ski area in New Zealand, for two decades. Henry has been managing safety in the outdoor environment for over 10 years. Safety coordinators will be under the guidance of the event doctor and will coordinate with St. John Ambulance services which will be on-hand during the event.

Medical Director – Dr Ben McHale

nicNic Muggeridge –Logistics, Operations & Volunteers
Hi guys!  My job is mainly centred around event delivery, providing logistics, operational and procurement support.  This often means a lot of phone calls, emails, documentation and on-the-ground operational running around.  A big part of my role is pulling together our amazing team of volunteers for each event, plus our event registration, which is a huge but really awesome job as I get to be involved with a range of cool people who are as passionate about our events as we are.  My career background is in commercial, procurement, logistics and project management.  Outside of this role, I enjoy triathlon, trail running, mountain biking, am an active member of Rotorua Association of Triathletes (RATS) plus being a mum to two little ones.

Finish-line Coordinator – Su Cammell
Definitely not an athlete but I’ve been involved in event and project management for the past thirty odd years. My introduction to the madness of an ultra-marathon was with an Irish entry into the Marathon des Sable and getting live television feeds back to TV3 Ireland. Looking forward to working with the great team behind the 2015 Tarawera Ultra.

nick-rOperational Quality Assurance – Nick Reader
Gidday, I am new to the TUM team for 2015, but know the boss/good fella (Paul Charteris) from way back in college days. I grew up in the Kawerau region and spent plenty of time playing in the Tarawera forest and know just how special that leg of the race is. It is a privilege to be part of the team helping Paul to deliver what has grown to be a very prestigious event.  My event management experience is broad and collected from over 16 years in the industry running motorcycle, mountain bike, kayak and running events under the banner of a company called Epic Events. More recently I was the Events Manager for the Taupo District Council. With Race Director Tim Day at the head of the event getting things under way, my role is to be towards the tail end of the field ensuring that the event is being closed down correctly so we can make sure all participants get home happy and safe.

roigardLogistics and Traffic Management. Andrew Roigard
I feel proud to be part of the TUM team joining them in early 2015, looking after operational logistics and Traffic management. My event experience started in 1982 with the Auto Cycle Union of New Zealand know as Motorcycling New Zealand as an event safety steward. Then joining Epic Events in 2000 to become involved in the set up and management of off road motorcycling, running and mountain bike events. Based in Rotoura I currently contract to three other off road event companies throughout the north island being involved in safety and course management. My role with TUM is to manage and implement the traffic managements plans. Set up pack down event equipment and over see the smooth running of the event, making sure all competitors are safe in their vehicles and have an awesome experience on the day.


simoneExpo Coordinator – Simone Walker
I’m excited to be part of the Tarawera Ultra phenomenon as the new sponsor and elite athlete co-ordinator. While running’s not in my blood (yet), details and communications are and I look forward to ensuring our sponsors and athletes get the most out of this event. I have event management experience stemming from a number of years working in PR and communications at a public relations consultancy in Auckland, a brewery in London and Scion here in Rotorua. This year I’ll be indulging my creative side a bit more as a student of The Actors’ Program in Auckland, with work for the Tarawera Ultra being the perfect role to fit around my studies. I’ll be in touch with our wonderful sponsors and talented elites in due course, but if you would like to get in contact you can reach me on


Kawerau Liaison – Lee Barton
Lee Barton, Team Leader, Events and Community Activities for Kawerau District Council is your archetypal jack of all ‘event’ trades(man). With a background in performing arts, youth work and community development Lee brings to the team a myriad of skills (Lee was the main man behind the Okataina Aid Station in 2013). He is the organiser of Kawerau Woodfest, Kawerau Christmas in the Park and is a key contributor with the famous Kawerau King of the Mountain and all events Whitewater based in Kawerau, most recently the World Rafting Champs. He is also part of the KDC Civil Defence team, presently filling the Logistics Manager’s role. Lee has been involved with the TUM since 2009 and can be partly blamed for discovering the infamous Loop of Despair; he is a jovial chap who is passionate about his work and welcomes you all to Kawerau for the world renowned Tarawera Ultramarathon.


Rotorua Liaison – Jason Cameron
My main role will be assisting Paul with his relationships with Rotorua Lakes Council. On the day I will be MCing and commentating at various points from start to finish. As a lifelong runner and enthusiast for off road running events that take people into stunning, off the beaten track places – I can’t wait for TUM 2015.


Timing Manager – Marcus Diprose – Active Timing
Active Timing is supplying timing services for the Tarawera Ultra in 2015, as we have done since 2010. We are a company based in Rotorua and we specialise in timing sports event, the more complex the better! And the Tarawera Ultra is definitely a complex event with multiple races and multiple legs spread over a large distance. It is certainly a challenge but one we are up for. We work closely with Paul to ensure we are providing the best service for the Tarawera Ultra. Apart from providing results for the event, one of the most important aspects we help events with is competitor safety. As part of the our timing services for an event we have a competitors medical information a mouse click away and work in closely with the race director and the safety manager to ensure all competitors are looked after during the course of the event. You can visit us at our website