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…

The TPPA in a nutshell for kids.

Setting off just as the just waning moon was setting over the hills of Canterbury, Rach, Jacinda, Paula and the kids strode off into the fourth day of the hikoi. “The weather was way better today than yesterday and the day before” according to Pita, and it was fairly perfect walking weather – not too…

Heroes in my house

Guest Blog by Masha Kodric It’s Saturday, 15th October, and I am so excited I am contemplating of opening a bottle of vino. It’s 3pm, so I make a cup of coffee instead and decorate the porch with a bunting I made a night before. It says “Haere mai”. I am expecting a very special…