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The Protests of Parihaka Village against the New Zealand Government.

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´╗┐Parihaka was a village that was rebelling against the current New Zealand government at the time and was a part of the New Zealand history. The causes of Parihaka were related to the principles, the treaty and how it was built on land that was originally confiscated. My artwork represents what happened in the Parihaka war and how the Maori coped with it. Parihaka, a village located 10 km off the coast of Taranaki, was established by Te Whiti and Tohu in 1867. It was a peaceful village that warmly welcomed any visitors. They were pacifists; therefore, they did not own any weapons. There was a series of non-violent protests carried by the Maoris against the current New Zealand government. The causes for Parihaka are closely related to the ownership of the land. The land was originally confiscated off the Maoris in the 1860?s as a punishment for being rebels; however, the Maoris just saw it as land that no one has claimed. ...read more.

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The actions of Parihaka were all peaceful and non-violent. The treaty and its principals are closely related to the causes of Parihaka. All the people living in Parihaka actually have not signed the treaty, but according to the Maori treaty Tohu and Te Whiti were only exercising their sovereignty. In article two of the Maori version, the Queen guarantees that that Maoris has all rights to their land; this was not met. The government refused to give up the land to the Maoris. They thought it was strictly belonged to the Pakeha. Article three has been violated because the government did not give the Maoris the same rights as the Europeans. The land of Parihaka was taken off the Maoris just because they were rebelling; land was not taken off the Pakeha as punishment. The two principals that were agreed with both Maori and Pakeha parties are partnership and active protection. ...read more.

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I have drawn Mount Taranaki because the village was nearby there and you could also see the mountain from the village. The three feathers represent to represent the pacifism and peace that was at the village. The peace sign with red splatters on top of it is to represent that the people of the village fought back peacefully but then it was ruined- hence the red splatters. My creative artwork represents the hope that there was at Parihaka and how the village was always peacefully even when they fought back. In conclusion, the causes of Parihaka are because the government did not like the power Te Whiti and Tohu had also the village was built on confiscated land. The principles and the treaty also played a part in the causes of Parihaka because they were not obeyed. The immediate outcome of Parihaka is that all the houses were burnt and destroyed, but the people of Parihaka did not give up and returned to their village. My Parihaka artwork demonstrates that there was always hope for Parihaka and peace. ...read more.

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