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Regeneration of Indigenous Peace Traditions in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Heather DevereEmail author
  • Kelli Te Maihāroa
  • Maui Solomon
  • Maata Wharehoka
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Part of the The Anthropocene: Politik—Economics—Society—Science book series (APESS, volume 9)

Abstract

In this chapter, we relate the little-known stories of some Indigenous peace traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand. We provide an historical account of three peace traditions: the Moriori of Rēkohu (Chatham Islands); Waitaha in the South Island; and Parihaka in the North Island. The Moriori people adhered to an ancient vow to never kill another person and were almost wiped out by occupying Māori tribes in the 1830s. The Waitaha people, who believe their tribe or ‘iwi’ to be the “caretakers of the god of peace”, took part in a peace march for justice in 1877. The people of Parihaka used passive resistance to oppose European occupation of their land in the mid to late 1800s. All three peace traditions are currently being sustained and regenerated to promote lessons of peaceful interactions as alternatives to violence.

Keywords

Aotearoa New Zealand Peace traditions Māori Moriori Rēkohu Waitaha Parihaka 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heather Devere
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kelli Te Maihāroa
    • 2
  • Maui Solomon
    • 3
  • Maata Wharehoka
    • 4
  1. 1.National Centre for Peace and Conflict StudiesUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  3. 3.Hokotehi Moriori TrustRēkohuNew Zealand
  4. 4.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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