21 May 2018

Haere ra

From The Long Way Home, 7:00 am on 21 May 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 landscape portrait of Bruce Hopkins wearing tramping clothes and standing in a rain forest.

Bruce Hopkins. Photo: RNZ/Priscilla Northe/Striped Trees Productions.

Kia ora, e te whānau.

Bruce has done it – he’s made it all the way to Bluff and the end of Te Araroa!

And just like he promised he would, he has carried his father and brother’s ashes back home to Rakiura/Stewart Island.

Photo: RNZ/Priscilla Northe/Striped Trees Productions.

All you can say about that is well done that man. Nga mihi nui! Job done.

But we didn’t want to end it just yet so we’ve put together a special episode to properly say haere rā to Bruce and The Long Way Home. It’s a bit of best of, really, with some of the most memorable moments of his very long walk.

Now, if you've been following the series closely, this episode will probably be just what you imagine; Bruce hurting himself a lot and losing stuff along the way.

But there’s other stuff, too, like all the sights he’s seen, the people he’s met and the many special things that happened along the way. Bruce himself will also weigh-in here and there.

While this is the last episode of The Long Way Home, it doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation. Bruce has just loved all your emails, tweets and texts so feel free to keep on talking to him on Twitter @brucehop or by email at thelongwayhome@radionz.co.nz.

But, for the last time - this is The Long Way Home: whenua, whakapapa, whanau. Thanks for following us.

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