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:
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.