Around 300 people taking part in the hīkoi from Ihumātao have been met by a group of 100 outside the Prime Minister’s electorate office.

They’ll deliver a petition, signed by more than 26,000 people, urging Jacinda Ardern to travel to Ihumātao to experience the whenua – the land – herself.

The petition says without a personal visit they don’t think the prime minister has a true sense of why the land matters so much and what’s at stake if it’s lost.

People have been occupying the whenua for 30 days, since an eviction notice was served.

The hīkoi left Ihumātao at about 8am this morning to hand deliver the petition to her electorate office in Mount Albert this afternoon. The prime minister is not there to greet the hīkoi.

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