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Tatarakihi – The Children of Parihaka

Tatarakihi – The Children of Parihaka

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  • Wed 22 Oct ’14, 7:00pm – 8:05pm
  • Thu 23 Oct ’14, 7:00pm – 8:05pm
  • Fri 24 Oct ’14, 7:00pm – 8:05pm
  • Sat 25 Oct ’14, 7:00pm – 8:05pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $8.00

A peaceful coastal village 55kms south-west of Taranaki, Parihaka was established in the 1860s by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi. The village's children, who were known as tatarakihi (cicadas) after their chattering noise, have a special place in the village’s history: in 1881, they greeted the invading armed constabulary with white feathers of peace, in accord with the philosophy of passive resistance taught by the village's leaders.

But the village was not able to hold out against the armed forces. Resistors were arrested, imprisoned and forced into labour.

Tatarakihi – The Children of Parihaka (2012) is a documentary from award-winning producer/director Paora Joseph and executive producer Gaylene Preston. It documents the 2009 journey taken by a group of Taranaki children, young descendants of Parihaka's passive resistors, to visit the sites their ancestors were imprisoned and forced to labour in. Along the way, the children and crew are welcomed at local marae by descendants of those who supported Parihaka's resistors.

Paora Joseph's camera acts as witness and historian of the emotional journey, while the narration, writing, poetry, song and art from the children invites us to reflect on history, community and whakapapa.

“Although it recounts days of darkness, Tatarakihi – The Children Of Parihaka carries a sense of restoration and hope" says Joseph. "I hope it enables continued dialogue for understanding and mutual respect of both Māori and Pakeha in the New Zealand we know today."

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