June 20, 2016
Taranaki peace conversation to continue
One of the organisers of last week’s peace walk to Parihaka says the challenge now is to keep the conversation going.
Glenn Bennett says the hikoi was a once in a lifetime experience, and the final couple of kilometres with several hundred people walking form Pungarehu up to the pa felt like a sacred and spiritual occasion.
He says it’s important to take up the challenge laid down by New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd, that one mayor in future should be as ignorant of things Maori as he was when he started.
"Our question is now what do we do to foster an inclusive, positive election campaign. Who do we have to run and who is going to be challenged to stand up for what Andrew (Judd) stood and to keep that conversation alive. Don't worry. People in Taranaki are motivated. I had coffee this morning with about 12 people who showed up because they want to keep the conversation going, keep this kaupapa around peace and inclusion and treaty partnership," Mr Bennett says.
While some people feel challenged by the conversation, it is important to show young people there are alternatives.
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