Story: Terrorism and counter-terrorism

Te Whiti and Tohu in court, 1881

Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi (seated, middle left), the leaders of the non-violent resistance community at Parihaka, appear in the resident magistrate's court in New Plymouth in November 1881. The image is from the Graphic newspaper of London on 28 January 1882. Parihaka was the focus of pan-tribal, non-violent resistance to the confiscation of land that followed the Taranaki wars of the 1860s. Te Whiti and Tohu were arrested after the colonial government sent more than 1,500 troops to break up the Parihaka community. When questions were raised over the legality of this action, Parliament responded by passing the West Coast Peace Preservation Act 1882. This included provision for Te Whiti and Tohu to be imprisoned indefinitely.

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Lance Beath, 'Terrorism and counter-terrorism - Government responses to terrorism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2021)

Story by Lance Beath, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Mar 2019