Trans-Tasman Route 501 convoy continues in New Zealand

By Mānia Clarke-Mamanu

The Trans-Tasman convoy Route 501 have started their final journey in New Zealand. The campaign is raising awareness about Australian migration laws, and now the organisers are calling on the New Zealand Government, to take a tougher stance.

They have travelled 18,500 km across Australia and now they're set to continue their journey in New Zealand.

Co-organiser Erina Morunga said, “We're one of the highest groups that are being targeted and impacted, and for our Māori people their families are being divided, people are coming home broken and lost, and our people need to be aware here in New Zealand, what kind of impact that these are going through, their own whānau.”

They have been raising awareness about the Australian migration laws and they've chosen their final leg as we approach Anzac.

“Come on Australia we're part of the Anzacs, we are the NZ in Anzac, and it's not okay to detain our people without crimes.  It's not okay to keep eroding our human rights, when we participate in your country,” says co-organiser, Philip Payne.

The convoy began 6 weeks ago highlighting section 501 of the act that can refuse or cancel visas on the grounds of a character test.

Morunga says, “The feedback and reception from people has been positive, and they have now taken on board what these issues are about.”

The convoy has arrived at Painoaiho Marae in Murupara, then on to Te Kuiti, and Palmerston North on Sunday.