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In 1881, after being met by the pa's children holding white feathers of peace, invading constabulary ended Te Whiti and Tohu's passive resistance at Parihaka in Taranaki. One of the darkest episodes of the NZ Wars, it is revisited in this documentary made by Paora Joseph (with Gaylene Preston as EP) which follows another group of Taranaki children undertaking an emotional, modern day pilgrimage to the South Island jails where their ancestors were exiled and forced to labour. Footage of their hikoi is interwoven with their poetry, song, art and narration.

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 Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph
 Janine  Martin
 Phill Simmonds

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 deon kelly....grandson john and lucy rata

deon kelly....grandson john and lucy rata

Sweet flowers of parihaka
Choice work

 Sheona Waerea

Sheona Waerea

Is this movie out yet on DVD would love to watch it, Tohu is my Great Grandfather's Uncle, he was brought up by Tohu because of his own father been slayed during the musket years of war. And yes it is a apart of history that should never be forgotten, I am so happy I now have a photo of our Koro Tohu, hoping we may find one of our Koro Winiata Tekakahi, he died in 1899, thanks for posting this.

 Nikki Maunsell

Nikki Maunsell

My mother and I watched this last year at the Rialto in Auckland, we are both of Maori descent. I watched with much sadness how a culture, my culture, nz culture was ravaged by a villianised system and it continues today. To all New Zealanders, Maori or non Maori please watch this as this is our history. Watch with objectivity and as one lone pakeha man commented in this film " this is our history and I am so ashamed ". Be a part of the solution, not the problem and watch. Thank you.

 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

Kia ora Shelley - you could get in touch with the filmmakers:

 Shelley Uerata

Shelley Uerata

How can I see this film Please?

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While it recounts days of darkness, Tatarakihi – the Children of Parihaka carries a sense of restoration and hope, and I hope it enables continued dialogue for understanding and mutual respect of both Maori and Pakeha in the New Zealand we know today. 
Just as night is the bringer of day, so too is death and struggle the bringer of life. 


Festivals include
2012 New Zealand International Film Festival