New Zealand protests

Image: Hikoi arrives at Parliament on 22nd March 2011 by Lance Andrewes on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to New Zealand protests. These range from Parihaka, Māori land march,and seabed and foreshore protests to anti Vietnam, Springbok tour 1981, anti-nuclear and Rainbow Warrior protests. SCIS 1697983

See also: New Zealand History

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions.

To discover a set and items use the search term for the specific protest required: Māori land march;  nuclear free protestsParihaka incidentRainbow Warrior protestsseabed and foreshore; and Springbok tour 1981 protests.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the homework site ManyAnswers, use the specific search term for the protest required: Rainbow Warrior protests, Springbok tour 1981, land march or Parihaka.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

NZ History

This site includes the impact protests had on New Zealand’s culture, society, politics and government. Use the specific search term required: anti-nuclear, land march, Parihaka, protests, Rainbow Warrior 1985 or Springbok tour 1981.

Suggested level: secondary

NZ on Screen

Explore New Zealand’s film, television and music videos for a variety of information. Use the specific search term for the protest required: nuclear free, Parihaka, Patu or Springbok tour.

Suggested level: secondary

Papers Past

Digitized New Zealand newspapers and periodicals covering 1839-1945. They are useful for newspaper articles and information on historical protests, especially Parihaka. Use these search terms: Parihaka siege, Parihaka peaceful protest, Parihaka native protests and Parihaka incident.

Suggested level: secondary

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This site is an extensive guide that includes law, history, culture and society of New Zealand. Provides an overview of the history of protests in New Zealand. You can also use the specific search terms for the protest required such as Māori land march 1975, Māori protest, nuclear free Pacific, seabed and foreshore and  Te Whiti o Rongomai III Erueti.

Suggested level: secondary


The Australia/NZ Reference Centre offers comprehensive information on these relevant protests. Use these specific search terms for the protest required: 1975 protest Māori land, 1981 anti apartheid protests, 1980s nukes warships, Parihaka history protests, seabed foreshore protests, at advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The name of the game, by David Hill, 2001 (Springbok tour 1981, YA fiction)
Remember that November, by Jennifer Beck, 2012 (Parihaka, picture book)
Sitting on the fence : the diary of Martin Daly, Christchurch, 1981, by Bill Nagelkerke, 2007 (Springbok tour 1981, junior fiction)


Tariana Turia talks about the proposed Seabed and Foreshore Act Marae TVNZ 4 Apr 2010. Maraetvnz.Youtube.9:35