November 5 – Parihaka Day: Wellington, Nelson, Dunedin

Parihaka Day events: Wellington, Nelson, and Dunedin

Next Thursday, 5 November, is the 139th anniversary of the invasion of Parihaka – we will be doing a series of Facebook posts to mark the day as we do each year, but for now, below are the details of commemorative events in Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin

* Wellington *

~ Thursday 5 November, 5pm – Parihaka Day commemoration: Wellington Quaker Meeting will be gathering quietly around the Parihaka memorial in Pukeahu Park on Parihaka Day, 5 November, from 5pm to 6pm. We will be commemorating the day in 1881 known as ‘Te Rā o te Pāhua’ or the ‘Day of Plunder’ when about 1,500 armed constabulary and volunteers invaded Parihaka.

As a peace church and with a history of working for justice, Quakers wish to see the brave passive resistance by the people of Parihaka honoured on this day. Their peaceful action came at extremely high cost to their entire community. Everyone is very welcome, so please come along for some or all of the time.

* Nelson *

~ Thursday 5 November, 5.30am – Parihaka Day Dawn Peace Blessing, an invitation to all to share and participate in a peace blessing over the city lead by Archdeacon Emeritus Harvey Ruru QSM starting at 5.30am service at Anzac Park. The dawn service will include an opportunity for attendees to offer karakia, prayers, waiata or hymns for peace, if they so wish. Organised by the Whakatū Parihaka Peace Network Connection, more information is at

~ Thursday, 5 November, 7pm – Parihaka and the Whakatū connection: the story of peaceful resistance and the heritage of our time and place. As part of the Nelson Heritage Festival, Te Oro Hā presents the Parihaka story by weaving waiata, kapa haka, te reo Māori and ancient Māori sounds. Remembering the invasion of 1881, the Government reconciliation in 2017 and the Parihaka legacy into the future, this performance celebrates the uniqueness of our people, land and spirit.

Parihaka and the Whakatu Connection, a performance by Te Oro Hā, supported by Nelson City Council’s Heritage Festival. RSVP on Facebook at, tickets at

* Dunedin *

~ Thursday, 5 November, plus 8 and 15 November – Remembering Parihaka: Maungārongo Ki Te Whenua. The message of Paihaka is a message of peace. The two communities, Dunedin/Otago and Parihaka/Taranaki will always have a sad but special connection. As we reflect and learn from history, perhaps we can be inspired to be people of peace. We could celebrate peaceful action, but also affirm peace amongst families and amongst communities. You and your whānau are invited to attend:

  • Dawn Commemoration Service at 6.30am on Thursday, 5 November
  • Tātarakihi – The Children of Parihaka at 7.30pm on Thursday, 5 November
  • Peace Art Exhibition – Sunday, 8 and Sunday, 15 November

A koha will be taken which will go towards Dunedin Night Shelter, full details of each event are on the poster at – please note you do not need to be logged in to Facebook to view and print the poster.

<> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
Please support our work for peace, find out more at – thank you
<> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
Peace Movement Aotearoa
the national networking peace organisation
PO Box 9314, Wellington 6141, Aotearoa New Zealand
Tel +64 4 382 8129, email icanz
Website –
<> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>
>> war on terrorism? war is terrorism <<
<> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <> <>

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: