Hikoi detour visits town
Waharoa man Tuhitama Hoey made a detour from the Aotearoa Not For Sale Hikoi last week to spread the word in Matamata.
The march against asset sales set off from Cape Reinga last Monday, travelling down the North Island for a final protest outside Parliament on Friday.
Mr Hoey decided to break off from the main hikoi to demonstrate in the streets of Matamata before rejoining the official march.
‘‘I wanted to spread a bit of word out in the district because the hikoi wasn’t headed this way,’’ Mr Hoey said.
‘‘A lot of people haven’t been paying attention to what is going on. Our main goal is to create more awareness about what’s really happening.’’
The hikoi was demonstrating public opposition to pri- vatisation and the selling of New Zealand’s natural resources, land and public services to private investors, Mr Hoey said.
‘‘This is not a Maori issue, this is an issue for all New Zealanders. It affects one in New Zealand.
‘‘ We have got a massive reception in Matamata so far, people have been showing a lot of interest.’’
Mr Hoey said
main motivation for participating in the hikoi was his four young children.
‘‘I want to make sure that there is something left for my children and for all the future generations of New Zealand.’’
Not for sale: Waharoa man Tuhitama Hoey, Kahlee George, baby Awhina Samuel, Lai Toy and Billy Tui demonstrating against asset sales in Matamata last week.