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Paekakariki

59 Wellington Road

Paekakariki, Wellington 5034

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The Breadbaker's Festival of Sharing celebrates the spirit of Parihaka, remembering the eve before the historical day of 5th November 1881. The Maori settlement of Parihaka in central Tarnaki was about to be invaded by 1600 soldiers and policemen and the land to be confiscated. This community, inspired by their leaders Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, was committed to peace and non-violent resistance. The evening before (4th November 1881) was spent baking 500 loaves of bread and the following early morning, the military force were greeted and welcomed by singing children sharing baskets of bread. Judith Frost-Evans from Pukerua Bay, participant of the most recent bread making course shared this story and we felt spontaneously inspired to create a Festival of Sharing; a kind of reunion of all past breadbakers but of course welcoming and inviting anyone keen to come and bake and share. Bring your latest creations and experiments as dough, to be baked here on the spot. Alternatively, just turn up and join the happening! We will have the oven going and fire up the pizza oven, too. We will begin baking by 3.00pm, having a focussed moment of sharing and telling the story of Parihaka at 5.00pm and then share some food. Bring a pizza topping or antying to go with bread! And then we all go home with loaves of breads to share and give away to our friends and neighbours on the morning of the 5th November. This could be the beginning of a Parihaka Festival of Peace and Sharing. This is a free event but there is a limit to our living room and veranda! So please get your ticket. I will set up a cash koha basket for the cost of ingredients. The event will be shaped by those who show up. Lots of space for spontaenous creativity! I offer the space and the oven! And the rest happens through all of us!

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