Treaty Protests

After the Treaty was signed, there were problems. Land was taken and laws were made that were unfair.

Some protests happened earlier in history.


  • Parihaka is an example of Peaceful protest.
  • Parihaka is in Taranaki.
  • The people were led by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi
  • Their land was confiscated and they were attacked and arrested even though they were living peacefully.
  • When people came to arrest them the women and children would sing instead of people fighting.
  • The people wore white feathers in their hair as a sign of protest.

Here’s a song about Parihaka by Tim Finn:

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Here is a Youtube Clip about Parihaka

Some protests started in the 1970s.


  • Ngati Whatua o Orakei owned Auckland.
  • Most of their land was confiscated or bought by the government unfairly.
  • Laws were changed so Maori people couldn’t own the land together.
  • Their houses were demolished and they were forced to live in State Housing.
  • They called the hill they lived on Boot Hill because they had been ‘given the boot’, or kicked out of their homes.
  • In the 1970s they started to protest at Bastion Point.
  • They stayed on the land for 506 days.
  • When you stay on land without permission it is called an occupation. The land they occupied was meant to belong to them.

Read about the Ngati Whatua claim 

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Bastion Point: The Untold Story Documentary

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