Remembering Parihaka

Te Tupuna Maunga o ParihakaWhile November 5 is celebrated with Guy Fawkes fireworks across the country, a dark chapter in New Zealand’s history also took place on this date.

On the morning of November 5, 1881, 1500 militia and armed constabulary invaded the settlement of Parihaka. They were greeted by singing children and 2000 peaceful residents who resisted neither invasion nor arrest. Over the course of two weeks, the army demolished the settlement and eventually all crops and livestock were also destroyed.

One of Christchurch’s notable characters, printer, parliamentarian and city councillor Harry Ell was part of the constabulary that invaded Parihaka.

See the library’s Parihaka page for more information and links to further reading.