Te Whiti

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Maori religious leader (c. 1820–1907). In 1877, when British government officials began land surveys in South Taranaki without first creating reserves as guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Whiti organized non‐violent resistance. He prophesized success through continued non‐violent resistance and 2000 people flocked to his settlement at Parihaka. In 1881 government forces arrested Te Whiti and dispersed the settlement. After a year in custody Te Whiti rebuilt and modernized Parihaka, where his teachings were promoted for many decades.

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