A 25-year-old man from Tauranga had walked over 120 kilometres from Tauranga to Hamilton last week on his way to Auckland to participate in a protest, being held in support of farmers-protest in India.

Manpreet Singh Randhawa, a Kiwi fruit farm worker in Tauranga who hails from a family of farmers back in India wanted to make a statement by walking between the two cities for participating in a protest being held in South Auckland to express solidarity with farmers protests in India.

Manpreet started his walk on Friday morning, January 15 from Tauranga, through the Kaimai Ranges and state highway roads resting at a friend’s place overnight midway and then onward his journey to Hamilton.

Manpreet reached Hamilton Gurudwara around 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 16 where he was received by Gurudwara members.

“I come from a family of farmers, and I work at a farm here in New Zealand as well.

“I fully understand the pains of our farmers that has compelled them to come out in protest demanding an immediate repeal of the three new farming laws passed by the central government in India.”

“We, being overseas, need to come forward and show solidarity with our farmers back in India.

“My walk to participate in a locally held protest in another city of New Zealand was a small effort to show my support to our whanau back in India,” Manpreet said.

Later on, Manpreet was joined by few more members of Kiwi-Indian community from Hamilton in their onward journey to Auckland (carpool) to participate in the protest in Papatoetoe.

“I carried food, water, sleeping gear in my bag during the walk and was glad that a friend helped me rest at his home before moving to my destination,” Manpreet added.