New Zealand 3 May: Hamilton - Putaruru

Hamilton Gardens Event - 3rd May

We are very grateful to the Putaruru Arms Motor Inn for the kind complimentary accommodation. Thanks Pete for your generosity and a very comfortable stay.

After a Karakia led by Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea, Mayor Andrew King tells us about the value of living in a country that is peaceful.

Andrew King talks to the students

Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea performing an Action-Song

...and a Haka

Children from Hamilton West School contemplate peace.

Students from Waikato Montessori Education Centre know about peace - its a value that is important at their school

Students from Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea close their eyes and feel there is a place which is peaceful and where one can be happy - in one's own heart

Children from Montessori Education Centre.

This artwork is going to Rome, to be displayed in the 'Colors of Peace' exhibition at the Coliseum.

Students from Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea show the Karakia they have decorated.

Alex Fisher and Hakeke Kingi of Hamilton West smiling with their Torch Bearer Awards for showing upstanding values in the community

Mayor Andrew King receiving 'World Harmony' by Sri Chinmoy and 'Heart Garden' also by Sri Chinmoy.

Hamilton West students with a Certificate of Appreciation and artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

Te Kura Amorangi o Whakawātea studets with a Certificate of Appreciation and artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

Hamilton West School students with a Certificate of Appreciation and artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

Students hold the Peace Torch.

Running Relay Races - Three teams, each made up of students from three schools. Team work is important here.

Everyone gets a chance to hold the Peace Torch.

All the students get to run around the Governor's Lawn with the torch.

After the event the Peace Run Team can explore the Hamilton Gardens

The team relaxes in the playground after the successful event.

Life's a stage and Peace Runners are its actors.

Various themes around the gardens. Niryana with a scarecrow.

On the open road, these men feel the message of the run: Peace spreads from hand to hand and heart to heart.

Niryana running towards our accommodation in Putaruru.

Nathan from Straight Up Fences came over to lend his good wishes.