Our Time’s Seismic Upheavals

We’ve been back a week from the ‘TPPA Hikoi’ and it’s probably two weeks since I last posted, and in that time the roads and bridges we walked on are now wrecked and ruined and covered in landslide. Our friends houses that we stayed in have been shaken both emotionally and literally. Donald is now…

Walking & Talking

Guest blog, Pauline Baillie, hikoi walker all the way. A couple of months ago I was like many New Zealanders, I knew very little about TPPA and what it would mean for all of us in the future. I’d always been interested in fighting to save the environment – going on rallies, signing petitions, trying…

TPPA Hikoi heading to Parliament

Tomorrow will be our second to last day of walking. Tomorrow night we sleep just out of Tuamarina, and Wednesday night in Picton. We’ve been super lucky to have two nights in the warmest hospitality of Carol and Geoff as well as Evin here in Blenheim, which has been like coming home in a strange…

Bloody F**king 20kms a Day

Guest Blog by Josie Butler. This is day six for me on the hikoi, I unfortunately arrived late as I had a bad car crash right before the hikoi and needed some recovery time. But I’m here now, and I’m going to tell you good people about my experience so far. Bear with me if…

Thoughts from the Road

The pressure is on…. It’s coming in all sorts of directions, pressure to get everyone fed and packed for the 20km walk planned for the day, food, feet care, safety briefs, Highviz on, crossing the road, keeping the pace, single file, there is a truck approaching I shout “right of the road”, stop, turn and…

Cruisin’ Kaikoura Coast

Today we left beautiful Kaikoura, along with old and new friends. It was fantastic to have spent four nights in one town and to have had some really decent time with some of the lovely people who looked after us. It was just amazing to have spent Saturday night at Takahanga Marae having only managed…

The Ripple Effects of a Hikoi Questioning the TPPA

Guest Blog by Kristina Anglem Rachel and her whanau are very good friends of ours. When she shared the news she was planning to walk to Wellington with her tamariki she said “I just can’t not do it”. So strong was her calling it was a matter of how, not if. I walked with Rachel…

Thanks Gran

My Gran died at 1.20 this morning. At 94 and a half to the day, it wasn’t unexpected. After braking her femur in a fall four months ago it was a protracted winding down process, and how legs and protest walks and mothers and grandmothers all connect and fit into the wider context for me,…

What do I want for “Our Children’s Future”?

Guest blog by Katherine Henry I want them to breathe clean air and drink clean water. I want them to live on healthy soils so they can grow good food. I want them to be free to swim in the creek and to share the world with wildlife. I want them to have meaningful work…

Day five

Guest blog by Katie Johnstone, hikoi walker Today Mum and I got up in the dark after a night of fitful sleeping in our tent outside Greta Valley hall. We’d had a long day of walking the day before in the wind and our feet were still feeling the burn. While Mum was still attempting…

A very short check in!

We are all even more knackered than last night! Obviously we are expecting the second, third and maybe fourth day to be pretty taxing as we get into the swing of it, and today lived up to that! Beautiful weather again which was great. We are staying with a wonderful German family on their beautiful…