Hikoi de­tour vis­its town

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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

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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.

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