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Join us as we gather on Thursday November 5th to lament the attack on Parihaka, to recall the teachings of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, to celebrate the spirit of nonviolent resistance embodied by the Parihaka community and to reflect on the call to be people of peace and reconciliation ourselves.During the turbulent 1860s, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi sought nonviolent, but active, means to subvert the confiscation of Māori land in Taranaki. At Parihaka, Tohu and Te Whiti built a model community and encouraged their people to non-violently resist the unjust confiscation of land. This led to conflict with the government. On November 5th, 1881, armed constabulary entered Parihaka and decimated the community and arrested and imprisoned Te Whiti and Tohu without trial for a year.