Walk On Aotearoa (WOA) wants to inspire more New Zealanders to stand up and start walking tall.

Why? Because those who ‘Walk Tall’ have pride in themselves and in what they are doing. They walk with purpose. They walk with a smile and a spring in their step. They walk in a manner that inspires others to follow in their footsteps.

“Walking provides us with a multi-sensory reading of the world in all its shapes, forms, sounds and feelings, for it uses the brain in multiple ways… Walking is so vitally, centrally, important to us at both individual and collective levels, that it should be reflected in the way we organise our lives and societies… It’s time to get up and walk our way to a better life”. (O’ Mara, 2019)

Shane O’Mara refers to walking as “a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species”. He also sees walking as a core treatment for improving one’s individual health and wellbeing. Walking not only repairs our inner organs, but also allows us to think more clearly and more creatively. It can even delay ageing of the brain.

In sum, walking can improve muscles, minds and moods. WOA hopes to improve the psychosocial health and wellbeing of those living in Aotearoa-New Zealand by offering them a different way of walking.

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