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Pounamu: Te Whiti ō Rongo Mai and Tohu Kākahi, Parts one and two

Te Whiti

In order to give whānau and iwi an opportunity to rephrase the historical record, in 1990 TVNZ's Māori Programme Department produced Pounamu. The television series profiled and celebrated many important Māori figures.

These two episodes look at Te Whiti ō Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, the two religious leaders who established Parihaka, the settlement of peace in Taranaki. They adhered to the notion of passive resistance with the view to maintain their tribal lands from land grabbing settlers and the colonial government that supported forced evictions from their traditional lands.

On the 5 of November 1881, some 1600 armed troops invaded the western Taranaki village of peace citing it as ‘headquarters of fanaticism and disaffection’ by the Native Minister John Bryce.