Parihaka was a place and an event that could be lost and found, over and over. It moved into view, then disappeared, just like the mountain.
In 1881, over 1,500 colonial troops invaded the village of Parihaka near the Taranaki coast. Many people were expelled, buildings destroyed, and chiefs Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were jailed.
In this BWB Text, Rachel Buchanan tells her own, deeply personal story of Parihaka. Beginning with the death of her father, a man with affiliations to many of Taranaki’s eight iwi, she describes her connection to Taranaki, the land and mountain; and the impact of confiscation. Buchanan discusses the apologies and settlements that have taken place since te pāhuatanga, the invasion of Parihaka.
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Table of contents
1. Time zones 7
2. Paper mountain 24
3. The very long sorry 53
4. Beating shame 75
5. The translator 104
6. Ko Taranaki Te Maunga 126
About the author 147
About BWB Texts 148
'Parihaka - the time for apologies is over', Standing Room Only, RNZ, 16 September 2018.
'Rachel Buchanan, author of Ko Taranaki Te Maunga', RadioLive, 15 September 2018.
'New book weaves author's personal story of Parihaka with its history of loss and reconciliation', Deena Coster, Stuff, 10 September 2018.
'Rachel Buchanan: Ko Taranaki Te Maunga', e-Tangata, 9 September 2018.
'Rachel Buchanan Author', Rachel Buchanan interviewed by Dale Husband, Radio Waatea, 7 September 2018.