Carol Sawyer recently posted on the growth stats of the Facebook groups opposed to the use of 1080 in NZ. All this, as the hikoi moves from the North & South of the country. Watch as they approach your area and support as you are able. See details below.
“Huge momentum has been gained in the anti-1080 movement over the last couple of months and I am finding it hard to keep up with emails and messages and responses to comments. There are only so many hours in a day.
I will get to most messages and emails eventually.
Example of growth :
The ‘Ban 1080 Party’ page now stands at 11,759 followers, (up from 10,616 in April this year).
‘No to 1080 Use in NZ’ now stands at 27,628 followers. (In the last 28 days the page reached 196.6 thousand people. From July 25 to July 31, followers increased by 571)
‘1080 Eyewitness’ now stands at 19,716 members (up 1000 members in the last few days!).
OPERATION BAN 1080 now stands at 36,534 members ! (It is the fastest growing group and has only been up and running for just over two weeks).
The Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation and supporters gather in Wellington on September 8th. Be there if you can!”
Photo Credit: from the Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation Facebook page
UPDATE ON THE HIKOI PROGRESS:
A Hikoi is a protest WALK, a long journey taking days or weeks.
It started seven weeks ago. North Island leader Emile Leaf started at Cape Reinga on 15 July. South Island leader Alan Gurden started at Bluff.
FINISHES at PARLIAMENT, Wellington on SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER.
TODAY THURSDAY 2nd of AUGUST. The North Island Hikoi is between Kaihere and Matamata. Weather fine & sunny.
The South Island Hikoi started from Waitaha Bridge this morning heading towards the township of Ross. It may get to Ruatapu.
On Friday 3 AUGUST we will be heading into Hokitika. Let us show Mayor Bruce Smith that 92 % of West Coasters do not want aerial 1080 poison.
Please join us at 12 noon at the clock tower. Bring a placard.
NELSON CITY MONDAY 6 August. Support / strategy meeting @ Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar 113 Nile St. 12am – 2 pm. Please txt, PM or email Jim Hilton @ 027 8248 112 / email@example.com. (for catering purposes)
WANGANUI FRIDAY 10th August 10 am Otoko Marae, 2pm Te Ao Hou Marae (powhiri) 6pm Te Ao Hou Marae (Hui / Wananga)
WANGANUI SATURDAY 11 th August 9 am Meet at Pakaitore (Moutoa Gardens) Markets – DOC. Lunch Pakaitore.
1.30 pm Orillion Poison Factory 408 Heads Road Wanganui.
4 pm Te Ao Hou Marae (Dinner / Hui / Wananga)
This Hikoi is 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.
Feel free to organise a satellite hikoi or support network in your area to support the main Hikoi.
Follow ” Hikoi of a Poisoned Nation” or “Kaitiaki of Aoteoroa” facebook pages and you will get an idea of when the walkers are close to you.
IT WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT EXACT TIMES AND PLACES.
Take photos and videos and SHARE them on Facebook pages, Facebook Community Groups and your local newspapers, TV stations, etc.
When you make posts on Facebook, Instagram etc be sure to hashtag#hikoiofapoisonednation #ban1080 # Kaitiaki of Aoteoroa. (get someone to show you how) 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.
Please respect other road users. This is a PEACEFUL PUBLIC PROTEST to STOP the use of DEADLY POISONS in New Zealand.