Parihaka settlement to get $14 million revamp

The Parihaka settlement in Taranaki is set to get a revamp. 

It will receive up to $14 million from the Provincial Growth Fund for a visitor's centre which aims to educate people about the area's history, creating up to 130 jobs.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says the boost to the economy is needed.

"This funding will make the story of Parihaka accessible to more New Zealanders, and help continue the journey towards a better understanding of our history." 

He said educating people about New Zealand's history is paramount.

In 1881, more than 1000 Government troops invaded Parihaka after years of peaceful resistance to the Crown's land confiscation. Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones said the invasion caused generations of grief.

In 2017, the Crown apologised for the historical injustice.

"Parihaka remains a vital symbol of nonviolent action and our shared heritage," Jones said. "All New Zealanders should know its story and this project will help tell that story."

The 2017 apology from the Crown was named Te Haeata, which means "the new dawn" - a time for the people of Parihaka to move forward, while never forgetting the past.