Talbot says it was mama Tangi Ngatupuna who challenged everyone to donate towards a worthy course.
Talbot is walking the 3200 kilometre Te Araroa trail in New Zealand, fundraising for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.
He arrived in Hamilton on Sunday where he was welcomed with a kaikai (feast) and pure (church service) by papa and mama Ngatupuna of the Cook Islands Christian Church, Tamaru Marsters of the Waikato University Cook Islands Association, and Walter Tuakana of the Hamilton Cook Islands Association.
He said: “Mama Tangi gave her blessings and kind words of encouragement. She also challenged everyone to donate $20 per person. We raised $60 immediately and many people pledged to donate the $20.”
Papa Turama Ngatupuna from the Church shared words of kindness and blessings for the successful completion of the Creative Trail.
Marsters from the University spoke on behalf of the students and shared words of encouragement to Talbot.
Talbot spoke on the importance of his mission in regards to the Creative Centre and how people could donate through the Creative Trail Givealittle.co.nz page.
Earlier,Talbot had left Pirongia, where he’d had a day off at his father’s home. It took him two days to reach Hamilton, to stay at Janice and Tim Crabb's house.
After Talbot’s welcoming service in Hamilton, he left for Ngaruawahia, the home of the New Zealand Maori Queen.
All along the Waikato River cycleway, the walk was fast because the entire distance was tar-sealed.
“However, this is generally harder on my ankle and legs than when I'm in the bush or mountains,” he says. “I got to Horotiu and my ankle was very sore so I popped some more Nuromol and diverted off the River trail and made a beeline for Ngaruawahia down the main highway, the quickest route possible.”
Yesterday, Talbot made his way 32km along the Hakarimata Walkway and into Rangiriri – one of New Zealand’s most historic sites where the British soldiers and Kingitanga warriors clashed in a bloody battle in 1863.
Talbot has so far raised $12,436 for the Creative Centre.