This peaceful hikoi protesting the widespread use of 1080 in NZ started out on 14th & 15th June from the far North and the far South of NZ.
From the organizers:
What is the PLAN for this PEACEFUL PROTEST?
How is this “Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” going to work?
Start date, 14th & 15th June 2018.
Emile Leaf starts at Cape Reinga.
Alan Gurden starts at Stirling Point, Bluff.
This Hikoi will be ORGANIC. IT WILL GROW naturally.
START TIME 7 AM DAILY.
Average 30 kilometres per day, Daily distances decided by weather, camping spots, health & safety, etc.
One rest day per week.
Join it wherever you can, for as long as you can.
Follow ” Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” on this facebook page and you will get an idea of when it is close to you.
IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT EXACT TIMES AND PLACES.
Take photos and videos and share them on the Facebook site and SHARE SHARE SHARE with your friends.
If you want to Donate online. BNZ acc.no 02-0844-0118658-000 Acc name A. Gurden & Mr E . Leaf. There are always expenses.
Please text only to Emile 021 0237 7287 or Alan 022 4971 825.
For more information about 1080 & why the hikoi is taking place, go to the link below (you will find links to the full mission statement & other important info at the bottom of that page):
Updates will be added to this page as they appear on FB (for those who are not on FB).
Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation on FaceBook
Research the truth about 1080 that your authorities are not telling you, the independent research. See links at our 1080 pages here, especially the resources page. Particularly you need to watch the GrafBoys’ 4x international award winning environmental doco called ‘Poisoning Paradise’ that your government doesn’t want you to see.
If you share the vision, watch out for the hikoi in your area & support by your presence, walking with them (long or short distance, whatever you can do) and/or providing them with refreshments. Contact details are at the information links provided above.
UPDATES as available:
(note FB users regular updates at the Hikoi page, links above)
(Latest at the top)
Wednesday 18th July
Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation UPDATE…
The Hikoi will continue as planned on Saturday 21st leaving The Strand Takapuna at 9am and following the previously arranged route to Onepoto Domain and onto the Harbour Bridge at 12noon.
Our application to NZTA for a supported bridge crossing has been declined. NZTA themselves have been supportive and helpful through this process but say it is too short notice to make arrangements. Emiles earlier communications to authorities were redirected, referred and ignored which has left us at the 11th hour.
NZTA have said they will be prepared and ready to manage an ‘unplanned event’ if that occurs. Please be aware that crossing the bridge on foot may incur a fine of $100. We are told that the police have no power to make arrests. Many of us feel strongly enough to walk regardless and believe the processing of our numbers by the authorities would be impractical.
We welcome your support on Saturday any way it comes. Please join the hikoi where you feel comfortable. You may choose to make the harbour crossing on foot in the hikoi tradition, by vehicle, waka….
Emile is walking under his sovereign native rights and anyone walking him with him will be under korowai manaaki under that context. Which basically means we are as one person.
Sat. 30th June
A little behind in updates. Here is what the hikoi page is currently reporting:
Today from the North: “Ata marie koutou. Heading to start off again from Whakapara..”
From the South: Said goodbye to alexandra same way we woke them up .
Some may not approve of my methods but the truth needs to be told . The truth is ugly and confronting!
But grab a tissue and get over it we have a job to do.
To re claim our right to guardianship of the whenua in this country ,
STOP the use of 1080 and the Aerial dispersal of all pesticides altogether in N.Z.
Support gained while we were there and shown as we left was awesome
Well worth the sore throat.
TOMORROW we leave from clyde dam lookout to walk to Cromwell should arrive at about 2 pm
I have a lovely day off in the sun and we just got visited by Paul and Paula from the taieri mouth motor camp in Dunedin diverted out of their way to come and see us so good on you guys he video Paula did for us
Morena from @Cath Hopa-Pioletti Emile has had cell phone coverage reception problems. But just note: He will be in kaitaia at the RSA tonight to give a talk. He is travelling the eastern route of SH1 at the moment. He is having a bit if a rest today too. Then continue on from Monganui. He gave a talk at Kaeo last night too and speaking where he can get more coverage.Due to weather conditions the journey may detour. @Cath Hopa-Pioletti is the contact person.
Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation- Accommodation Offers
Are you able to provide other support eg walk, support vehicle, kai, koha, etc?
This is for people wanting to offer accommodation to the Hikoi teams- Alan Gurden (South Island) and Emile Leaf (North Island) .
See the accommodation form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMjMRuemyXr1rFDhoNJxf4Ssx2YWGxhtKGG1cnwIjZ6Fvj5g/viewform
Please check route on www.tinyurl.com/poisonednation and Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation FB page for updates
From the South Island … “Quiet day restoring
Signage doin washing and then did 13 km towards raes junction from waikoikoi where we left off yesterday prked up at tapanui motorcamp day off walkin tomorro rest the bones poor reception so dont b sad if we dont answer your txts Southland hikoi power to the people!!!”
Resistance to using 1080 grows in Far North
Article from Herald, DoC misleading the public on several counts about their operations
Comment on FB from a supporter Royden Dick:
I was Blessed to get the opportunity to walk with the peaceful protesters on their Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation for the first 3 days from bluff.
We met some truly awesome, soulful, down to earth people along the way.
I am overwhelmed with the support these guys are receiving from the public on their journey whether it be Honks, toots, yeeha’s and woohoo’s from motorists to people stopping and giving koha’s of food and money to help these guys on their journey.
There was still the odd bird flicked our way and a dude pretending to shake the crap out of an imaginary can of coke and to these folks I say sorry to you for having such a sad and crappy day as you seem to be very angry and upset, I hope your day gets better for you.
Going off the support received so far the angry upset kiwi’s having a crappy day are the extreme minority, Seems as though everyone else is happy as.
NZ YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!
I ask anyone and everyone who gets the opportunity to meet and join these guys on their travels to parliament to do so. Whether it be for 5 days or 5 minutes to make a stand against 1080 and all aerial poisons in Aotearoa. They are not walking for their own agendas and interests but for YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.
I look forward to walking again as soon as possible.
Thanks again guys and Kia Kaha.
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