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