3 Nov 2011

Parihaka anniversary marked by march

6:38 am on 3 November 2011

Taranaki descendants are to march to Parliament on Thursday to mark the 130th anniversary of the raid on Parihaka.

On 5 November 1881 colonial troops invaded the coastal Taranaki settlement of Parihaka, which was the hub of the passive resistance movement lead by the two prophets Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai.

The village was plundered and the two leaders were arrested and imprisoned in Dunedin accused of rebelling against the government land confiscations in the province.

Taranaki iwi member Ruakere Hond says the memorial usually takes place in Parihaka itself on 7 November, but this year it was decided to broaden the awareness of the day by shifting the pahua (commemoration) to Wellington.

He says the march will help mobilise iwi, teach them about their history and share the story with more people.

Mr Hond says iwi members living outside Taranaki with whakapapa ties to Parihaka will have a better chance to engage with the kaupapa.

The hikoi starts at 9am on Thursday at Te Papa Tongarewa.