1 Jan 2018

The 1000 Yard Stare

From The Long Way Home, 2:00 pm on 1 January 2018

Bruce Hopkins wants to take his dad and brother's ashes back home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way. 

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A portrait of Bruce Hopkins before beginning to walk Te Araroa.

Before. Photo: RNZ/Priscilla Northe/Striped Trees Productions.

A portrait of Bruce Hopkins at home in Auckland, staring into the sun and wondering when he will get back on the trail.

A marooned TA walker. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

Trail Diary by Justin Gregory, co-producer of The Long Way Home.

"For this latest episode, we’ve done something a bit different. Bruce is off Te Araroa – New Zealand’s trail for a few days to go to his son’s wedding and do a bit of personal admin, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to sit down in an RNZ studio and catch up.

"We crowd sourced some of the questions for this interview from the podcast’s listeners and so what follows is a mix of my questions and yours. For the full interview, watch the video in this link.

"When Bruce arrives, it’s immediately obvious that Te Araroa has changed him; he’s skinny, a bit agitated at being indoors and has a gaze that looks past you into the far, far distance."

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Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkin.

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