New Zealand 12 May: Wellington

Wellington Closing Ceremony

Wellington Botanic Gardens - Peace Flame

Two flames of peace meet.

Peace Flame

Running in Wellington Botanic Gardens

Peace Tree - Stachyurus praecox - a small Japanese tree which produces creamy white flowers.

Hridayinee giving James Jones the Peace Tree plaque.

Peace Tree plaque

Thuy helping plant the peace tree.

Peace Runners singing the Peace Run Song at the Peace Tree dedication.

Singing the Peace Run Song.

The Peace Tree and plaque.

Wellingtonians holding the Peace Torch.

Peace Torch goes on Wellington's Cable Car.

Peace Run Team enjoy the Wellington Cable car ride.

City running with the Peace Torch.

Peace Runners outside Te Papa Tongarewa.

Making a wish for peace.

Peace Run Team at Te Papa.

Wellington Councillor Andy Foster running with the Peace Torch.

Councillor Andy Foster running for peace.

Councillor Andy Foster reading the Sri Chinmoy Peace Capital plaque in Cuba Mall.

Wellington - A Sri Chinmoy Peace Capital.

Running into Civic Square.

Thuy passing the Torch to Wellington Councillor Andy Foster.

Closing ceremony in Civic Square, Wellington.

Councillor Andy Foster speaking on Wellington City's long history of peace initiatives.

Will Bell of the Wellington Harriers Club.

Will Bell running with the peace torch.

Running for peace on Wellington's waterfront.

Closing Ceremony for the New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

Passing the Peace Torch from New Zealand coordinator Niryana to Australian representative Hridayinee as a symbol of the continuation of the Peace Run in Australia next week.

The art work collected on our journey throughout New Zealand was in an art display in Civic Square, Wellington.

The Peace Run Team with Will Bell and Councillor Andy Foster.

Peace Run Team with four local Wellingtonian Peace Runners.

Councillor Andy Foster welcoming the Peace Run Team to Zealandia Eco Sanctuary after their 4 km run from Civic Square.

Peace Runners visit Zealandia Eco Sanctuary.

Making a wish for peace.

The native takahe is a large flightless bird. Once thought to have become extinct, there are now about 200 individuals.

Native parrot the kaka.

Senior pupils at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna sing a beautiful waiata for the Peace Run Team.

Meeting the senior pupils at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna.

Sharing a meal with the senior pupils.

Soraya and Sanjay Sewambar cooked a most delicious meal for the Peace Run Team on last night of the peace run.

Ana Tapiata (at the far end of the table) had most kindly arranged for the peace runners to meet the senior pupils of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna and to share dinner together. Ana also arranged for 7 of the peace run team to stay at the school on Friday night. The Peace Run Team are most grateful to the school, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna for their welcome, shared meal and overnight stay.