The events around the non-violent protests at Parihaka took place mainly from 1860 to 1900 and have not only affected Taranaki culturally, but the whole country politically and spiritually as well. At the end of the second Taranaki war in 1866, Parihaka was created as a Maori settlement after the Government had taken away almost all Maori land in Taranaki as a way of punishing “rebel” Maori. The settlement was founded by Maori Chief Te Whiti o Rongomai, who had already fought in the previous Taranaki wars. He did this to not only distance himself and his people from European contact, but also to distance himself from warlike Maori tribes. Fellow chief Tohu Kakahi and Te Whiti also joined Rongomai….