Hikoi

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The Foreshore and seabed Hīkoi approaching the New Zealand Parliament. The red black and white flags represent Tino Rangatiratanga

Hīkoi is a term of the Maori language of New Zealand generally meaning a protest march or parade, usually implying a long journey taking days or weeks.

The most famous hikoi was the 1975 Māori land march the length of the North Island from Cape Reinga to the Parliament of New Zealand in Wellington, organised by the late Dame Whina Cooper.

A large hīkoi 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 and in motor vehicles in rural areas.

A hīkoi with between 500 and 700 participants took place in Auckland on 25 May 2009, following the National government's indication that it would not heed a Royal Commission recommendation that the proposed council for the Auckland supercity include dedicated Maori seats.[1]

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