NZ Herald: Chester Borrows: Learn your history, no matter how unpalatable it might be

This week I attended a seminar at Parihaka, probably the most significant site of colonial racism anywhere in New Zealand.

Despite an agreement between Crown and Maori, land was taken and sold by the Crown without purchase from Maori to local settlers who set up farms.

They just pinched it, so Maori asserted their ownership by taking down fences and ploughing roads and fields.

The people had farmed the land and sold produce to immigrants and, in fact, many settlers would have been in dire straits had the resourceful community not catered to the needs of surrounding districts.

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