Detective Sergeant Sarn Paroli (left) and his uncle, Luigi
Paroli, take a break in Queenstown last night. Photo by
Detective Sergeant Sarn Paroli, of Levin, and his uncle
Luigi Paroli, originally from Johnsonville, are men on a
In the past 104 days, they have gone through a couple of
pairs of hiking boots each, suffered from about 20 blisters
between them, amassed some impressive facial hair, and
covered about 2670km of the Te Araroa Trail, which stretches
from one end of New Zealand to the other.
Since setting out from Cape Reinga on November 30, the pair
have covered an average of 25km a day and aim to finish the
3000km hike - raising funds and awareness for the Law
Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics - in Bluff
late next month.
The torch run originated in Wichita, Kansas, in the United
States in 1981, and while globally more than 90,000 police
staff and supporters in 35 countries participate, the New
Zealand branch was established only last year.
LETR New Zealand Charitable Trust chairman Inspector Mark
Harrison, Palmerston North's rural area commander, said the
torch run was a ''perfect fit'' with police work.
''A lot of policing work is about looking after the most
vulnerable in our community so this is really what we're all
Last night in Queenstown the Parolis rested their legs and
did some quick boot repairs, in readiness for setting off
early today to get to the Greenstone Track on the final leg
of their journey south.
Det Sgt Paroli said the primary aim of the walk was to raise
awareness for Special Olympics, but it was also an
opportunity ''to see New Zealand in a different kind of
Det Sgt Paroli, now living in California, was no stranger to
walks of this magnitude, having walked the 3411km Appalachian
Trail in the United States with his brother, Beni, raising
money for handicapped children.
In 1985, he and two friends completed the 4120km Pacific
Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada.