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A growing number of New Zealanders are joining together to remember the non-violent resistance by the people of Parihaka to the confiscation of their lands. 5 November is the anniversary of the invasion of Parihaka by British troops in 1881, when Te Whiti, Tohu and all the men of Parihaka were arrested, and houses and food stocks destroyed.
In the present day, the people of Parihaka continue to restore Tohu and Te Whiti’s legacy and seek healing of historic injustices. They strive to keep alive ideals of community empowerment, self-sufficiency and peaceful action of their ancestors.
Our November Caritas Companions newsletter provides an introduction to the story of Parihaka and a prayer.