Story: Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state

Taranaki Rifles camp, around 1881 (2nd of 2)

Taranaki Rifles camp, around 1881

In November 1881 the government called up the Taranaki Rifles and other volunteer units from around the country, along with more than 1,000 members of the Armed Constabulary and every able-bodied male in Taranaki province to destroy the pacifist settlement of Parihaka. It was said to be, at the time of the invasion, the largest and most prosperous town in Māori history, and a powerful symbol of Māori kāwanatanga.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Parihaka Album
Reference: PA1-q-183-09
Photograph by W. A. Collis

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Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, 'Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state - Implementing kāwanatanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37439/taranaki-rifles-camp-around-1881 (accessed 21 November 2019)

Story by Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 22 Aug 2016