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Its Our Children's Future Hikoi

Its Our Children's Future Hikoi

"Plans are being finalised for the kick-off of the Its Our Children's Future Hikoi," says hikoi organiser Gen de Spa. "We're getting great response for billets along the route and donations of food. It looks like we've hit a critical nerve as more and more people become aware of the risks to our children's future because of current economic policies."

Rachel Thomas and her three children, Tema, Pita and Jai, will lead the hikoi from Cathedral Square, Christchurch to a reception at parliament on November 3.

The purpose of Its Our Children's Future Hikoi is to draw the attention of the public, media and all political parties to the grim future our children and grandchildren will face without sincere and effective action on climate change, trade treaties that cause inequality, corporate control of our economy and economic policies that have resulted in child poverty and homelessness in New Zealand.

"You reach a point when the evidence builds up overwhelmingly and you cry out to everyone, 'Someone's got to do something about all this'," says Rachel. "Then it hits you. That someone is me!"

We are asking all media to report the progress of the hikoi so drivers will be aware there is a group of marchers on the highway and ensure their safety. As well, bulletins will go out regularly to truck drivers.

"We will start with about 30 people from Christchurch. We expect numbers to increase as we go, particularly from Kaikoura to Picton,"says de Spa. "Anyone wishing to join us for all or part of the hikoi should contact me at itsourfuturechch@gmail.com. Those who want to walk with us for only a day are very welcome."

Kick off from Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 9:30 am Saturday October 15 after a safety briefing.
Route day 1: Papanui Road, Main North Road, old Waimakariri bridge to Kaiapoi reception at band rotunda.
Route from day 2: Highway 1 to Picton
Ferry crossing morning of 3 November.
Reception at Parliament: Midday of 3 November
Detailed itinerary available from: charles@cdrace.co.nz


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