October 23, 2013
Parihaka story inspires Catholics
Catholic social justice agency Caritas wants to use the Parihaka story as a way for communities to reflect on the impact of injustice today.
With the help of people in the historic community on the western slopes of Taranaki, it has prepared a resource booklet for parishes, schools and other groups.
Under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, Parihaka became a centre for non-violent resistance to colonial land confiscation.
Its people continue to discuss their teachings and the issues of the day at monthly meetings that have been going on since the 1870s.
Caritas director Julianne Hickey says there is a growing desire by Catholic parishes and schools to honour the memory of Parihaka.
The 12-page booklet is to help groups and individuals pray and reflect on its story and non-violent resistance to injustice, in the light of Catholic social teaching.
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