Remember Parihaka -

Remember Parihaka

Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world to teach so little about its own history in the core curriculum.

Parihaka is just one of many historical events not taught regularly across our education system.

Students in schools around Aotearoa are missing out on the important history of Māori, Pākehā and Te Tiriti - Treaty of Waitangi.

Today’s education needs to include place based education which affirms tangata whenua experience of history, and helps us all understand who we are and where we come from. Learning about colonisation and what happened for Māori is good for all of us. 

Add your name to the call for more honest and indepth history of this country – like Parihaka and the New Zealand Land Wars - to be taught in our schools as part of the core curriculum. 

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    Gay Puketapu-Andrews
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    Brent Rice
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    I fully support the “Story of Parihaka” being taught in the schools and also “The Taranaki Wars”, particularly in regard to the confiscation of our lands and when our Tupina held tight to the whenua, the Crown placed high taxes on that whenua, and that was one of the many Acts that was passed for them to take possession. If our future tamariki, pakeha included, are made aware of this historical past in Aotearoa, maybe our relationship with pakeha will show a marked improvement on where it sits today. I recently had a couple of pakeha school friends from my primary school days in the 50’s visit me last week, and they told me that they had visited Parihaka as they had only just found out about the history of Parihaka. They wanted to know why we weren’t taught the history of Parihaka, and I just explained tha,t although during the 50’s my mother would take me and my siblings to Parihaka. we were never told what happened there, because their explanation was, you go to school to learn the pakeha way of life and when you want to know your Maori side, it will come to you. So true!
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    Gemmel Taylor
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    Papatuanuku & Ranginui Proud
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    I know more about the history if the USA and England than Nz history . Nz history was not taught in our school
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    An imperative!
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    I had to pay $800 to learn about Parihaka as part of a New Zealand history course at university. This was the first time I had heard of it, and it’s really shameful that this history is restricted to the few who can pay to hear it.
  • signed via 2016-11-14 10:12:21 +1300
    Parihaki is part of my ancestors history therefore is a part of mine however we were not taught much of anything about the true and real history of many stories we should of had the opportunity to learn. That of which I am doing now as an adult. It should be in the curriculum just like Te tiriti o Waitangi. Kiaora
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