Hikoi

Hikoi

A Hikoi is a term of the Maori language of New Zealand generally meaning a protest march or parade, although a long journey taking days or weeks is usually implied.

A large hikoi was organised during the 2004 Foreshore and seabed controversy in opposition to the nationalisation of New Zealand's foreshore and seabed along the coastline. For maximum visibility, the marchers travelled on foot through cities and towns but in motor vehicles in rural areas.

The most famous Hikoi was the 1975 Māori land march the length of the North Island from Cape Reinga to the New Zealand Parliament in Wellington, organised by the late Dame Whina Cooper, although the term Hikoi did not enter New Zealand English until after that date.

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