March 14, 2023
Broadcaster takes show on road for cyclone awareness
Ngāti Porou broadcaster Te Aorere Pewhairangi hopes his 10-day hikoi up the devastated East Coast will help keep the focus on communities still struggling for basic necessities in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle.
His Waewae 35 hikoi will take him on foot 200-kilometres along State Highway 35 from Gisborne to Hicks Bay – interviewing locals as he goes.
While he’s a fairly fit, Te Aorere Pewhairangi says he’s never attempted anything like this.
“I haven’t actually trained. I was busy with Te Matatini, before this – and then I got sick after Te Matatini, so I’m not too sure how I’ll go. But I’m going to give it a go, and I know I’ll find the kaha in my waewae to do I,” he says.
Te Aorere Pewhairangi hopes his 180,000 social media followers will support his cause – and spread it to others.
You can find his givealittle page by searching online for Waewae 35.