June 08, 2017
Kingitanga to witness Parihaka apology
A big kingitanga contingent is on its way from Waikato Tainui to Taranaki to witness tomorrow's crown apology for the attack on Parihaka.
The apology is to be delivered by Christopher Finlayson in his role as Attorney General rather than Treaty Negotiations Minister, as the settlement including $9 million to upgrade the village's roads and water supply is being handled outside the Treaty of Waitangi Process.
Kingitanga spokesperson Rahui Papa says Parihaka is a blot on the history of Aotearoa and it is good that its story will be more widely known.
He says the kingitanga has a long association dating back to the second Maori king.
"After the raupatu of 1863 Tawhiao made his way around Taranaki and met up with wonderful people like Te Ua Haumene, the founder of the Pai Maririe, Te Whiti and Tohu at Parihaka, and so Parihaka and the kingitanga have had an ever-lasting relationship, really forging peaceful protest to combat the ills of the time," Mr Papa says.
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