Massive Hīkoi reaches Whangarei Girls High

By Dean Nathan

To date they've walked 180km from Auckland to the North carrying a message against sexual violence. This morning the group lead by Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis arrived at Whangarei Girls' High School. 

The issue is of such importance that Whangarei MP, Dr Shane Reti was open to public embarrassment and laughter.

MP Kelvin Davis says, "It's definitely helped lighten up what is a heavy issue and it's good to be here.  The pupils at Whangarei Girls' High School have been excellent at taking on the key messages were are presenting."

One of the key messages of the march is not to remain silent to sexual abuse or sexual violence.

Mixing music and fun with the key messages on this issue have made it more palatable for this generation. 

Davis adds, "This is why it's not a problem to walk here from Auckland despite the sore body and legs, it's great talking with these young ladies and helping them to help themselves."

Tomorrow, the focus of the march will be Bay of Islands College as they continue on its pathway North.