Hikoi not permitted

A fossil-fuel-free hikoi from Waitati to Dunedin has been cut off at the pass, but a "figurative" hikoi will still go ahead.

Blueskin Bay 10:10:10 organisers could not get permission for a procession of walkers, cyclists, unicyclists and horse riders to cross Mt Cargill into Northeast Valley on Sunday.

Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust manager Scott Willis yesterday said the group was denied a traffic management plan because it was considered too dangerous to send a large group of "mixed-mode travellers" over the hill.

"A community event to draw attention to global warming and the impact of fossil fuels has been derailed by the primacy of oil-powered transport on our roads," Mr Willis said.

But a "figurative hikoi" would still go ahead. Mr Willis understood some people planned to visit a local foods picnic at Woodhaugh Gardens from 1pm. Others would take part in a cavalcade from Waitati to Doctors Point, starting at the Waitati Hall at 11.30am.


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