Story: New Zealand wars

Advertisement for Parihaka exhibition

These striking images were used to advertise an exhibition of art, poetry and songs about Parihaka, held at the City Gallery in Wellington in 2000–1. The power of the images suggests the rawness of feelings about the event more than a century later. Although the New Zealand wars are often considered to have ended in 1872, the sacking of Parihaka village in South Taranaki by government troops in November 1881 was a continuation of armed conflict over land. The prophets Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi had organised the peaceful ploughing of confiscated lands in the area. Government troops broke up the community and imprisoned the leaders.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand wars - New Zealand wars overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/36888/advertisement-for-parihaka-exhibition (accessed 26 March 2017)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012