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Step 4 - Choose which half you want to learn first

When you first start facilitating The Wall Walk, you won’t be doing it alone. You’ll work with a co-facilitator and, ideally, a support person. You’ll do half of The Wall Walk and your co-facilitator will do the other half while the support person takes care of everything else.  So, which half of The Wall Walk are you most passionate about:

  • The first half, up to and including Parihaka?
  • The second half, from Rua Kēnana onwards?

Once you have chosen which half you are going to start with, break your half down into chunks. Read these scripts of Sim delivering The Wall Walk, which Kate kindly transcribed in the course of training to become a certified wall walker:

0. Intro 1. Tahi 2. Rua 3. Toru 4. Wha 5. Rima 0. Wero

These scripts are for the eyes of wall walkers only and are not to be used for any purpose other than training to become a wall walker.

Watch these videos of Sim delivering The Wall Walk, produced by Kate Heddle-Baker. Each poster has two videos that go with it. The videos are Sim’s kōrero leading up to each of the 10 group presentations. Wero is the closing remarks after the final group presentation. Memorise one chunk at a time. Practice saying the same lines out loud, in front of a mirror or while you’re driving. It’s just like learning a waiata. It takes time and lots of repetition.

Click on the drop-down arrow next to “Wall Walkers” on the website and navigate your way to more resources for each of the charts.

First half chunks (charts 1-3) Second half chunks (charts 3-5)
Opening/scene-setting/workshop outline/caveats Resume story with Hone Heke Ngapua’s passing, and narrate up to “Rua Kēnana”
Narration up to ‘the Wakefields and the NZ Company’ Narration from Rua to “Te Puea’s stance on conscription”
Narration from the Wakefields to ‘Māori and the vote’


Narration from Te Puea to Mass Urbanisation, the colour-bar and the “Funnelling of Māori Kids into State Custody”
Narration from voting through to the Kingitanga, to Pai Mārire, to the Māori Land Court, all the way up to Parihaka. Narration from State custody to media portrayals of Māori to the Polynesian Panthers
Narration from Parihaka to ‘the Dog Tax War’.


Narration from Dawn Raids to ‘the Haka Party Incident’
Transition from the Dog Tax to inviting someone to bless the food. Sim’s transition is to tell more of the story through her family photos. Narration from haka party to the final presentation reflecting on positive social and economic changes over the past 2-3 decades.


Wero and possible action to take leading to closing remarks from senior leader. Finish with karakia and possibly waiata.

Now you’re ready to ‘dip your toe in the water’!

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