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Remembering Parihaka

A resource booklet has been prepared on Parihaka – a place of non-violent resistance in the 19th century that continues to inspire discussion and a collective response to injustice.

"Go, put your hands to the plough. Look not back. If any come with guns, be not afraid. If they smite you, smite not in return. If they rend you, be not discouraged. Another will take up the good work."

Te Whiti o Rongomai, Parihaka 1879

Caritas has been approached in recent years by parishes and schools wishing to commemorate Parihaka Day on 5 November. Consequently a 12-page booklet has been prepared to help Catholic parishes, schools and groups reflect on the story of Parihaka. However, the resource is suitable for use at any time of the year. It can be downloaded below, or print copies can be ordered from the Caritas office.

In the late 19th century, under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, Parihaka became a place of non-violent resistance to the confiscation of land. The small village on the western slopes of Taranaki continues to be a place of gathering to discuss issues of the day, and look for a collective response to injustice.

Cover of Remembering Parihaka booklet.Remembering Parihaka includes:

  • An introduction to the story of Parihaka
  • Some insights on Parihaka today
  • Reflections on the application of Catholic social teaching
  • Liturgical material
  • Links to school curriculum to assist with a classroom discussion or school liturgy

Print copies of Remembering Parihaka are available for free (for up to 10 copies).  Additional copies are available at $2 each, or a donation. To order, download the form or contact us, including your name and address and numbers required.

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