Story: Communes and communities


Mt Taranaki forms a dramatic backdrop to the settlement of Parihaka, painted by George Clarendon Beale around 1881. In the 1870s Parihaka had become the base for peaceful resistance to the land confiscations that followed the Taranaki wars of the previous decade. Inabited by followers of the prophets and resistance leaders Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, it was the country's largest Māori village at the time of its invasion by government troops in November 1881.

Listen to Te Miringa Hōhaia talk about the history of Tekau Mā Waru (‘the eighteenth’), the monthly forum established at Parihaka by Te Whiti and Tohu and still held in the 21st century.


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Watercolour by George Clarendon Beale

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Caren Wilton, 'Communes and communities - Early communities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Caren Wilton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018