The Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture 2017

Restoration, Redress, Reconciliation

A reflection on Parihaka and resolution of Māori-Crown grievances in the settlement era

The life and work of Sir Paul Reeves was imbued by a theological and dynamic understanding of the relationship between God and human beings. In his later years he focused on the quality of relationship between Māori and the Crown, particularly in the context of Treaty settlements. He questioned whether settlement process could provide a true basis for reconciliation and new beginnings. He also wrote and spoke about Te Whiti and Tohu Kakahi, and the struggle of Parihaka to re-negotiate its history. He raised questions such as: What does Parihaka teach us about nationhood? Who owns the past? Will we be able to say what is good for Māori is good for everyone? And, can a new society rise from a divided past?

As Parihaka enters a new era with He Puanga Haeata, the reconciliation process with the Crown, this is an opportunity to reflect on the experience of the Parihaka community as they rose to the challenge of negotiating a framework for reconciliation with the Crown.

Also to look more broadly at the range of processes and strategies deployed by Māori and the Crown to resolve contemporary and historical grievances in this modern era of Treaty settlements. What processes and strategies have been successful? Will settlements be durable? And, do settlements provide a basis for true reconciliation between Māori and the Crown?


Judge Sarah Reeves (Te Atiawa) is a judge of the Māori Land Court and a presiding officer of the Waitangi Tribunal. She is the judge for Te Waipounamu in the Māori Land Court, and in the Waitangi Tribunal has presided over recent inquiries concerning the Ngapuhi Mandate and the wreck of the Rena. Judge Reeves is the eldest of Sir Paul and Lady Reeves’ three daughters.

Puna Wano-Bryant (Taranaki Iwi, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Awa) is an Iwi development advisor for Te Kāhui o Taranaki. Puna was chairperson for teh Parihaka Papakāinga Trust throughout the recent Parihaka reconciliation process with the Crown.

Wednesday 9th August 2017


Light refresments will be served prior to the lecture and after.

Massey University – Albany Campus
MBS (Massey Business School) 2.15 (Map linked)

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Provided by:  R  Rasch Massey University

“Kia ora koutou,

What can we learn from Parihaka and how can we honour the memory of those who gave their lives for peace?

This was what Puna Wano-Bryant had to say at the recent Sir Paul Reeves Memorial lecture held at Massey University in Auckland. –

“To lay down our pain in exchange for peace as they lay down their weapons and their lives for us, is the least we can do to honour their memory. We will always mourn them but they didn’t make sacrifices for us to live in pain. They sacrificed in order for us to be free. Feel it, process it, lay it down. We can do this we just need to choose it.”
The lecture by Puna and Sir Paul's daughter Māori Land Court Judge Sarah Reeves was very thought provoking.
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