Parihaka Commemoration 2015

In November we were privileged to have Anglican Priest John Denny, a key organiser of the Hamilton protest against the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour, share his experiences with Incedo Waikato people.

John is a compassionate human who had a little courage in 1981 and still has a fire in his belly.

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This occasion was to commemorate great non-violent protestors, Te Whiti-o-Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, of Parihaka in 1881.

There was a hundred years difference, but the same commitment in the face of musket/Red Squad long battons, to square off without violence. Very humbling. To smite or not to smite that is the question.

This short video highlights the day back in 1981 that protestors in Hamilton stopped the game!