Kia ora, we are Helen and Brent.
Brent has been in tourism for many years, exploring and enjoying all things New Zealand. His next challenge is to walk the length of the country, and who better to join him than his fiancée Helen, who moved her nursing career from the UK for NZ two years ago. After visiting the country as a tourist, she now find NZ her new home.
Ever since they met, discussions on health, well being and how to involve themselves into community and charity have been at the fore. Te Araroa trail had always been in the back of their minds, but the challenges 2020 presented provided an opportunity to fulfil this dream NOW.
They created NOW Zealand as a platform to highlight their shared values - living in the present, showing gratitude, and continued learning.
Why did we choose Brainwave Aotearoa?
One of our biggest priorities was to find a charity who focus is on prevention. We believe part of the solution to global and local issues is prevention, through education, that effects us as individuals and as a collective.
This is where we stumbled across a small but focused charity Brainwave Aotearoa which arguably should be the biggest of them all! They focus on the critical importance of the first thousands days of life and its impact on our future.
What is Te Araroa trail?
The trail starts at the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga, crossing from west to east coast, heading down through Auckland, climbing Mt Pirongia and enduring the Tongariro Crossing. From there we canoe down the Whanganui River, explore the Tararua ranges and head to Wellington.
Once in the South Island we wind through the Queen Charlotte Track, the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park before reaching the highest point of the hike near Lake Tekapo. Then we tramp the rest of the Southern Alps, passing glacier-planed valleys and ending, over 3000 kilometres later, in Bluff.