December 09, 2018
Parihaka looks to put harsh times behind
The chair of the Parihaka Papakianga Trust says a $9 million fund will help the community rebuild and realise its potential.
The reconciliation package was negotiated with Te Puni Kōkiri and Treasury in the 18 months since the reconciliation ceremony, He Puanga Haeata, held at Parihaka in June last year.
It’s an acknowledgement of the damage done by the attack by government troops in November 1881 and subsequent imprisonment of many of its members.
Tina Mason says the community wants to build a better future for its tamariki and mokopuna.
"It’s about through such a harsh time that we can still thrive. We've gone so long striving on just our mana and our wairua of maintaining Parihaka and who we are. it wasn't about the money ever, but it is helpful to support us where the crown agencies may not be able to provide any additional funding," she says.
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