Nursing student hitting the road

23 September 2016

Nursing student Kazushi Noiri is hitting the road next month to walk from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise funds for arthritis and he wouldn't mind some company.

29-year-old Noiri – known as Kaz – will set out on World Arthritis Day (October 12) on his 66 day walk from the bottom to the top of New Zealand which he hopes to complete on December 16.

The second year Otago Polytechnic student said he was heading out on his adventure as he loved the outdoors and always had an idea of walking the entire length of Aotearoa. As a volunteer for an aged care organisation he had also seen how hard everyday life can be for people with arthritis and hoped his journey would raise $5000 for Arthritis NZ.

Noiri said it was a long distance to cover walking on his own so he wouldn't mind some company along the way.  "It will be brilliant if there are some people keen to join me for any distance while I’m out there,” he says.  The student is keen to nurse in rural New Zealand and is one of five students (two nursing, two medical and one pharmacy) appointed to the Rural General Practice Network's (RGPN) student sub-committee 

So he is hoping that some general practice staff might meet him and share some time on the road for a few metres or kilometres along the way. Check this LINK to see his destination and arrival schedule in the 65 villages, towns and cities along his route.

Noiri said his path to nursing followed being an accident prone child – "a medical faculty was almost always my second home" – and after experiencing and seeing incredible nursing wanted to be a nurse himself.  He said he was loving every moment of his study and his dream was to ultimately work in a remote rural community.

"I believe being outdoor-minded led me to pursue my vision and interest in rural life," he said.  He also surfs, runs, cycles, swims, snowboards and climbs.


Up-to-date information during the walk will be posted on Facebook

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