The Vaughan Park Sir Paul Reeves Memorial Lecture 2017
Restoration, Redress, Reconciliation
A reflection on Parihaka and resolution of MÄori-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 MÄori 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 MÄori 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 MÄori 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 MÄori and the Crown?
Judge Sarah Reeves (Te Atiawa) is a judge of the MÄori Land Court and a presiding officer of the Waitangi Tribunal. She is the judge for Te Waipounamu in the MÄori 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, NgÄti Awa) is an Iwi development advisor for Te KÄhui o Taranaki. Puna was chairperson for teh Parihaka PapakÄinga 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
Free public lecture