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We have recently embarked on a mission to walk/travel the length of New Zealand (3000km) from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island, to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island.  We are completing this in sections (when time and weather allows) with our crippled rescue bird (Ollie The-Cockatiel).  Our aim is to raise $25,000 for animal charity HUHANZ.  Both Andy and I are ‘unlikely hikers’: unfit, inexperienced, and definitely not fitting the typical ‘hiker’ image (we’re more like ageing, wobbly, Teletubbies!)  But with Ollie The-Cockatiel (a ‘Pet With Purpose’) as the ‘face’ of our mission, we’re committed to hiking, biking, paddling, and hitching the length of NZ via tracks, roads, walkways, and trails – including several sections of Te Araroa (The Long Pathway). We imagine it will take about two years to complete.  To follow our progress check out Ollie’s Facebook page:  Ollie The-Cockatiel (my epic Kiwi adventure), Instagram: ollies_kiwi_adventure, or his Givealittle page: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/ollie-the-cockatiels-epic-kiwi-adventure

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