Parihaka; it's rape and healing
At the twenty-first annual hui of Nga Puna Waihanga, guests heard the story of Parihaka from one of it's Leaders, Milton Hohaia; they heard of the invasion of Parihaka in 1881 by 2400 mounted troops and the realisation that Te Whiti O Rongomai was fighting for the survival of his people and their cherished lands.
Instead of fighting with weapons, Te Whiti and Tohu and their followers used peaceful means of passive resistance. Gradually over the years, the people of Parihaka have lost more and more land under various forms of legislation. Milton also speaks about Titokowaru a great military leader who presented a fearsome figure for settlers in the district.
Titokowaru said, " Kia kai raanoo ahau i te kiko o te Paakeha, kaatahi ahau ka mutu taku whawhai ki a raatau."
Source: Catalogue. Nga Taonga Korero. Sound Archives/Nga Taonga Korero. http://www.soundarchives.co.nz
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