Walk On Aotearoa (WoA) is a not-for-profit social movement inspired by the chorus of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, written over half a century ago by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. It was first released in 1963 by Gerry and the Pacemakers and made famous by the fans Liverpool Football Club.

Established by AUT’s Dr Richard Keith Wright, Senior Lecturer in Sport Entrepreneurship and Event Management, WOA aims to get more New Zealanders walking together, walking tall and walking towards a happy healthier life. Another influential song was the Walk of Life, written by Mark Knoffler and released by Dire Straits in 1985 on their Brothers in Arms album. Plogging requires dedication and devotion and rewards those who put action into motion.

Dr Wright wants to increase the number of people who, like him, spend their mornings, afternoons and/or evenings indulging in a little bit of plogging. He hopes to inspire you to ‘Plocka upp’ and to join him for a friendly game of WOA Plogga (Kerbside Cricket).

Plogging has all the same benefits of going for a walk or run (it actually uses more muscles). Like walking, plogging is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels. It can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Plogging incorporates the benefits of physical movement with that of doing something good for your local community (and society in general).

Walking saves lives. Walking changes lives. Walking improves lives. Walking can improve your heart rate and circulation, increase your muscle and bone strength, and decreases your risk of osteoporosis (which causes brittle bones). It can improve your balance, which can help to reduce the risk and severity of falls, It is a low impact form of energy expenditure, which burns kilojoules and helps you lose or maintain a healthy weight, overall health and wellbeing, self-esteem and stress levels (Ministry of Health, 2018).

When we walk together with others we typically walk without fear, with confidence and a sense of social belonging. When someone walks tall, they typcially walk with pride and a purpose. WOA seeks to use plogging as a means of helping people walk taller.

Those wanting to walk together can follow the movement on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Walk-On-Aotearoa-115854656452136/ or connect with Dr Wright through email richard.wright@aut.ac.nz or via linkedIn @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardkeithwright/