New Zealand 9 May: Hastings - Masterton

Hastings

We would like to thank John and Pam Richardson of Elmore Lodge for the complimentary accommodation. It has been a really fabulous and comfortable stay for all of us. All the best from everyone in the Peace Run team.

The owners of Valdez Motor Lodge Mark and Tania also provided complimentary accommodation for the other Peace Run team. We are so fortunate to have met such kind hearted and peace loving people like you supporting our peace initiative. Thank you.

Our first school is Flaxmere Primary.

Hastings Deputy Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule with Niryana.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule and Deputy Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst holding the peace torch.

Student representatives accepting gifts from the Peace Run Team on behalf of their school.

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule spending time interacting with some of the children encouraging them to cultivate goodness in their hearts.

Deputy Principal Linda Tyrell with some of us.

Deputy Mayor Sandra Hazelhurst is inspired to run with us to our next school nearby.

Principal Martin Genet is at the entrance of the Peterhead School to welcome us.

Vera explains why we hold the peace torch as we run through more than 140 countries.

'Peace begins with me and it starts from the heart of every individual'. - Sri Chinmoy

Our Russian runner Vera presenting a certificate of appreciation and a painting by the founder Sri Chinmoy to the principal Martin Genet.

Selected students run a relay with the peace torch around the school field.

Marketing and Communication Executive Laura Hutchinson giving us a guided tour around the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre.

A native gecko

A tuatara