Parihaka and the Passive Resistance Movement


Image:  The early beginnings of Parihaka can be seen in Warea where Tohu Kākahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai were groomed as young leaders. Warea becomes a large community focused on food cultivation as an economic base. It was a community living in peace under the leadership of Paora Kukutai of Ngāti Moeahu and is supported by Rev. J.F. Riemenschneider.

Tonight millions of dollars will go up in smoke as many ‘celebrate’ Guy Fawkes. But for the small Taranaki settlement of Parihaka , today has so much more meaning as it marks the day that colonial forces invaded their village despite their policy of passive resistance. Manawa Wright has more.

Video courtesy of Te Karere TVNZ and recorded in 2015.

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