On 25 March, Arahura whānau welcomed Ngāruahine whānau to our marae in preparation for the Crown’s apology.

On 27 March, Poutini Ngāi Tahu whānau alongside Ngāruahine welcomed the Crown to our rohe. It was a hair-raising pōwhiri where our Ngāti Waewae whānau presented them with a wero to begin. Shortly after the pōwhiri we all gathered up at the Seaview monument in memory of Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti o Rongomai, who lead the Parihaka movement.

With humility and dignity, Ngāruahine accepted the apology, which was delivered in Hokitika, one of the three places in Te Waipounamu where the Parihaka political inmates were imprisoned without trial. [Read more…]