26 Oct 2021

Parihaka

On November 5, we acknowledge Te Pāhuatanga and the invasion of  the peaceful settlement of Parihaka in 1881 by more than 1500 colonial troops.

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Troops expelled 1600 men, women and children from the settlement. Māori leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi encouraged people to respond with peaceful methods which were used when government forces invaded the settlement on 5 November 1881. Despite their non-violent approach, the leaders were still arrested, and the settlement mostly destroyed.

Discover more of the settlement's past and present by visiting the display in the Elma Turner Library, exploring our collection of resources, or heading over to the NZ History website.