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Action Alert - Hikoi - Arrival in Wellington

Peace Movement Aotearoa

PO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173,

Issued 28 September 1998

Kia ora,

Te Hikoi mo te Tumanako mo te Rawakore / the Hikoi of Hope is nearing its end. Below are the details for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - including the arrival details in Wellington.


* Northern Hikoi

Otaki: 7 a.m. Karakia - 7a.m. Depart Raukawa Marae: triple walking to Paraparaumu; 12noon Lunch at Paraparaumu Anglican Church (opposite airport); 1 p.m. depart: Triple walking to Plimmerton; 4 p.m. arrive Mana Esplanade (north side of Paremata Bridge); Cross bridge and walk along Papakowhai Road to Porirua; Around Countdown to Te Rauparaha Park arr. 5.30 p.m.
Some will then walk on to Elsdon Camp, remainder transport or private billets.
Local arrangements: Alister Hendery, 04 232 6324; Regional coordinator: Deborah Broome, 388 6882; Media liaison Julia Stuart 025 44 22 44 or David Best 025

* Wairarapa

Tues. Fit group, leave Featherston 8.30 to walk Pylon Track over Rimutakas - 7 hour trip, rest will meet others at Te Marua at 3.30 p.m.

Bus departs St John's Featherston, 2 p.m. Meet U. Hutt at Summit for worship and handover., 2.15 p.m; 3 p.m. Bus to Te Marua, to link with Pylon Track group 3.30 p.m. then walk to Upper Hutt.

6 p.m. Powhiri, Orongomae Marae, Upper Hutt; 7.30 p.m. Public meeting at Orongomai


*Northern Hikoi

Departure from Te Rauparaha Park for Johnsonville 9.30 - 9.45 am; Route via Hagley Street, Titahi Bay Road - Kenepuru Drive; Main Road Tawa; arrive for lunch at St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Tawa (5.0km) at 11.30-11.45 am; after lunch depart for Johnsonville at 12. 30pm; route through Tawa - Middleton Road, arriving Alex Moore Park for welcome (7.4km) at 3pm

Accommodation for the night of 30 September is in Johnsonville (soccer pavilion, private billet, St John's Church, Catholic Church and Guides) and if necessary also in Porirua.
* Wairarapa/Hutt Valley

8.15 a.m. leave Rimutaka Baptist Church, Akatarawa Road; 9 a.m. Orongomai Marae; 9.10 a.m. St Joseph's Upper Hutt; 10 am. Fergusson Drive Church of Christ, Trentham; 10 a.m Presbyterian Church, Silverstream

* Stokes Valley churches gather at 11.15 a.m. Join Hikoi Stokes Valley Road 11.40 a.m.

* Wellington

Overnight vigil Wellington Cathedral of St Paul from 7 p.m. and till Hikoi reaches Parliament on Thursday.


* City: There will be a Eucharist at 7am in Wellington Cathedral.

* Hikoi North:
Walkers assemble in Dr Taylor Tce from 9am. Depart at 9.30am. Route is down the Ngauranga Gorge - meeting up with Petone group and others from buses coming in from different parts of NZ at bottom of the Gorge. Then Hutt Road, Thordon Quay and into Wellington.

* South Island Hikoi will gather at the Ferry Terminal and proceed to Thorndon Quay to merge with Hikoi north as they go past. Hikoi will meet others at the Railway Station and then proceed to Parliament.

* Wairapapa and Hutt Hikoi:
Assemble on Petone Foreshore. 8am Morning worship 8.30am assembly time for walkers. Depart at 9am. Route is along Hutt Road - meeting up with Hikoi North at bottom of Ngauranga Gorge. Then Hutt Road, Thordon Quay and into Wellington.

* Wellington

Feeder streams coming from different parts of the city, eg Miramar, Lyall Bay, Newtown, northern suburbs. Starting to converge at following 2 points - ready to move off by 10.45am: Queen Victoria statue in Cambridge Tce and Kelburn Park (stay on footpaths). Assemble in Civic Square by 11.15am. Leave at 11.30am. Proceed by traditional Wellington route (Mercer St, Willis St) down Lambton Quay, Stout St. Meet main Hikoi at Railway Station and then proceed to Parliament.

Church bells will be ringing from 12noon -12.10pm.

Hikoi from North and South assembles at Wellington Railway Station at 12noon and will leave the Railway Station at 12.15pm and move to Parliament.
All to arrive at parliament from 12-30 pm.

* Parliament

Starting time approx 12.30 pm: begins with powhiri. Hikoi moves into Parliament grounds behind leaders. Liturgy approx 1/2 hour in length, involving scripture readings, prayer, song and symbols. Presentation of Hikoi demands to Parliament.

* Following

After event at Parliament, people can go to a cluster of venues to rest tired feet and eat lunch. Many walkers will have food with them, and Wgton churches are also bringing food to the lunch venues. The venues are: (1)Loaves & Fishes (Anglican Cathedral) - Hill St; (2) Connolly Hall, (3) Sacred Heart Primary school, (4)dining room of St Mary's Convent, (5) St Mary's School (2-5 are in the Roman Catholic complex, reached from Guildford St); (6) Wellington Girls' College Hall, Pipitea St.

There will be live music in the grounds of Sacred Heart Primary school (St Mary's School Hall if wet) and lots of sausage sizzles there.

Queries about this programme and about arranging contact and interviews: Julia Stuart, 04 499 6489 or 025 44 22 44, <>

NB: Linking with the Hikoi on the open road can be difficult as much distance is travelled in multiple small groups. Check with Julia re gathering points on Highway One.

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