Out of hundreds of national photos to choose from, New Zealand's largest daily newspaper chose a Masterton photo for their front page story on the Marches for Moko.

The image, featuring Wairarapa youngsters Jayde Rikiti, Kowhai Hohaia, Solomon Blathwayt and Jonty Spicer holding placards calling for justice for Moko, was the defining photo for the New Zealand Herald, while the inside photo was an Auckland scene.

The youngsters were among around 200 in a march from the Masterton town square to Queen Elizabeth Park.

When shown the front page via Facebook, co-organiser Liz Rikiti posted that the children in the photo were "begging" for the cycle of violence to end.


"Moko is a legacy for change, he has started something so powerful for all of those precious babies that have been taken.

"Massive ups to you all that were a part of yesterday in some way - huge respect."

Her colleague Amanda Dette also passed her thanks on to the community.

"It was very humbling to see the support. The kids all loved being a part of this, you could just see it in their faces."