Parihaka reconciliation package offered

Nearly a century and a half after Parihaka was invaded a reconciliation package is being negotiated with the Crown.

Stuff: Details of $9m reconciliation package for Parihaka revealed

A novel $9 million government reconciliation package offered to the people of Parihaka has been widely criticised as being too low.

The Crown offered the multi-million reconciliation package to the Parihaka Papakainga Trust, as a form of recognition for the historical injustices suffered by those living at the site due to the actions of the colonial government, including the 1881 invasion.

The offer differed to a Treaty of Waitangi deal as it was not a negotiated process but followed a unique pathway designed by agreement between the trust and the government.

However, following extensive consultation by the trust with its people, many have said while they support other aspects of the package, the $9m sum was not enough.

It doesn’t seem very much.

In 1881, about 1500 colonial troops invaded the settlement, arrested the two men and seized about three million acres of Maori land for new settlers.

What would 3 million acres be worth these days?

Along with financial assistance, another significant part of the reconciliation package is the creation of a legacy statement, which will recount Parihaka’s  history, its current issues and future aspirations.

Parihaka reconciliation package includes:
* A $9 million development fund
* A deed of reconciliation between Parihaka and the Crown
* Relationship agreements with central and local government
* A Crown apology
* The creation of a legacy statement
* Legislation to ensure Crown’s commitment to Parihaka is legally binding

Addressing a stain on New Zealand history has been a long time coming.



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  1. patupaiarehe

     /  1st March 2017

    $3/acre, sounds significantly lower than the market rate, for agricultural land. Just saying..

  2. Geoffrey

     /  1st March 2017

    Other then land confiscation as punishment for rebellion, what other meaningful sanction was available to the government of the day? It is not a question of what the land is valued at now but how little it was valued by the rebels then.

    • There’s a few other sanctions mentioned in the 1981 video there Geoffrey … Did you watch it? Did you miss them perchance …?

      Wrongful imprisonment … Hard labour … Rough treatment … Invasion … Destruction of property [sacking] … Assault …. Forced relocation … Crop destruction … Threat of violence …

      Its a question of ‘value’ in ways you may be incapable of comprehending …

  3. Noel

     /  1st March 2017

    The Government apoligised for the Chinrse having to suffer the indignity of a poll tax with a 5million grant.

    9million for what occurred at Parihaka would seem to be unbalanced.

    • Pickled Possum

       /  2nd March 2017

      Are you saying 9 million is not Enough for recompense?
      What Chinese got 5 million for hurt feeling?

      War What Is Good For
      Absolutely NOTHING!

  4. duperez

     /  1st March 2017

    Warn health officials up and down the country! When the Parihaka reconciliation package hits Kiwiblog the cases of apoplexy will be countless.😱 💊💊

  5. They should be overjoyed with $3 an acre … *sarc* … Heck, Ngai Tahu only got 1.64 cents in the dollar based on the (approx) 1998 value of virtually the entire South Island – Te Wai Pounamu – recognition of which would, according to Ranginui Walker, have made their claim worth $1,200 billion!

    Successive settler governments of New Zealand had the usual and commonplace excuse for committing these atrocities … colonisation.

    Contemporary Aotearoa New Zealand is bravely accepting a unique challenge and seizing the unparalleled opportunity to reconcile them …

    It speaks very highly indeed of hapu iwi Maori that they are willing to accept such terms. It speaks of a deep desire to mediate, resolve and live in peaceful partnership … a situation of true power sharing …

    In this we are arguably world leaders … again … finally … Long may it last …

    This kind of thing TRULY makes our country great!

    • patupaiarehe

       /  1st March 2017

      It speaks very highly indeed of hapu iwi Maori that they are willing to accept such terms. It speaks of a deep desire to mediate, resolve and live in peaceful partnership … a situation of true power sharing …

      You should leave the sarcasm to me PZ, I’m far better at it than you, e hoa. As a ‘pakeha’ (and I loathe that term), this deal doesn’t seem right. At all…

      • PDB

         /  2nd March 2017

        The Queen is still awaiting a Maori apology and compensation for cutting down a certain flagpole…..

        • No Pants, Kuini didn’t pay the ground or airspace rent for putting the flagpole up in the first place … It was an unauthorised structure according to Maori Resource Management ‘Acts’ and had to be demolished …

          ” … yet it is generally supposed in this part of the world, that it is by their [The New Zealand Land Company’s, ie the Wakefield’s & Whig friends] exertions and influence that the British government has been induced to take forcible possession of the territory of an INDEPENDENT STATE, which New Zealand undoubtedly was.”

          – Lieutenant Wilkes – USA – (caps mine) … ‘Before Hobson’ – Tony Simpson

        • Pickled Possum

           /  2nd March 2017

          Well PDB Hope you don’t hold your breathe while you are waiting for that,
          particular bit of “WTF”
          A flag pole for millions of acres of Land…
          It’s like thanking the Robber for robbing you,
          Also; to say sorry to the Robber for saying, they didn’t want to get robbed.
          The Robber gets to re-write the rules…
          The CONstitution of NZ written in 46 acts in Law and many little acts written all over the place, obscure pieces of written Law you have to be a lawyer to understand the meaning and to even find it.
          You will probably find, PdB that compensation for the flag has been paid;
          many times over.

      • That part of my comment isn’t meant sarcastically at all patu e hoa. I’m quite serious …

        None of the settlements “seem right” in terms of current land value …

        But settlements and deals in general … [ie employment contracts] are really about what the parties involved are willing to negotiate and agree upon …

        Viewed this way it LOOKS like Maori want settlement, doesn’t it? They want to reconcile and move on. Otherwise they could hold out for much higher financial restitution …

        Many people [not meaning you] are so quick to ascribe negative motivations to Maori … but not to the government … yet some of the government settlement offers look almost like adding insult to injury when viewed in ‘real world’ financial terms …

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