Feb. 16, 2023 Live from the road

Tongaporutu Beach - New Plymouth

Reported by Hastakamala Diaz, Vera Sevastiyanova 70.0 km

Today we visited Mokau School. We were warmly welcomed by the school's motto "Together we can do it".

Eagerly they learned the Peace Run song with us.

We all felt peace in our hearts.

Rathin teaching kids our motto "Peace begins with me".

The kids giving a thumbs up for demonstrating a peaceful situation.

Thank you Mokau school for welcoming us.

Students took turns making a wish for peace.

Eagerly running around the field carrying the flame.

Our next stop - Ahititi School. The school has a warm family feeling.

Hastakamala teaching children our World Harmony Run song...

...as the ukelele keeps the tune.

Having a peaceful moment.

Then we headed outside to hold the Peace Torch and make a wish for peace.

Lets run for peace together!

Thank you Ahititi school, we had a wonderful time.

After that we were welcomed to Uruti School, another sweet country school with a warm family feeling.

We taught children the actions to our World Harmony Run song.

We all had a moment of feeling peace in our hearts together.

We acted out a skit for the kids. A moment later Preetidutta was pulled down by her hair, so Hastakamala could win the race. Children had to show us if they thought it was peaceful or not.

They all agreed it was not peaceful.

At the end of the presentation children sang us a New Zealand national anthem with actions.

Thank you Uruti School. We had a wonderful time with you.

Enjoying the school playground.

The kids came out and cheered us down the road on our way towards New Plymouth.

In New Plymouth we met with Mayor Neil Holdom.

We had an inspiring and illumining conversation about the history of New Plymouth and the responsibilities of being a mayor. In this photograph Neil is blowing a special horn hand carved for the mayor of New Plymouth by a local Maori artist.

Neil even let us wear his official Mayoral attire- Hastakamala got a taste of how it feels to be a mayor!

Our heartfelt gratitude to Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park for letting us stay in a cosy beachside cabin.

Torch carried by
Don Kerr (New Zealand), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Hastakamala Diaz (Australia), Niryana Marshall (New Zealand), Preetidutta Thorpe (New Zealand), Rathin Boulton (Australia), Vera Sevastiyanova (Russia).  
Harita Davies, Preetidutta Thorpe
The torch has travelled 70.0 km from Tongaporutu Beach to New Plymouth.

Latest reports from New Zealand - 2023

view all

Latest reports - around the world:

view all