We, as a country, are finally starting to make amends for the terrible acts of the New Zealand Government at Parihaka in the 1880s.

These actions were a low point of civil liberties, biculturalism and tolerance. The amends offered have been in legislation from 2003, 2016, and this month with the freshly passed Te Pire Haeata ki Parihaka/Parihaka Reconciliation Act.

The core of this work has been a succession of recent governments acknowledging, apologising and compensating for the unconscionable actions of their predecessors. These included wrongfully invading the Parihaka settlement, dismantling their community, destroying their ability to sustain themselves,