Sunday, November 05, 2006

November 5, 1881

Today is the 125th anniversary of the sacking of Parihaka, a Maori township on the west side of Taranaki. This single event ranks as one of the more shameful in the history of this country.

I commend the following as compulsory reading.

Historic Places Trust

New Zealand in History

It is worth reading the Teara account of Te Whiti O Rongomai. It is a brief picture of the man, who led his people, his town, in a peaceful protest of civil disobedience.

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