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An early missionary and linguist, William Williams later came to criticise the government's dealings during the New Zealand Wars.
Thomas Kendall was one of New Zealand’s first Christian missionaries. He pioneered the transcription of the Māori language, and also investigated how Māori understood the universe.
The site of the first Christian mission station in New Zealand.
Suzanne Aubert – later Mary Joseph Aubert – was a Catholic nun, nurse, teacher and pioneering social worker, who sometimes had to battle church and government authorities in order to help those in need. Her career spanned six decades. Read biography of Mary Aubert
Suzanne Aubert – later Mary Joseph Aubert – was a Catholic nun, nurse, teacher and pioneering social worker, who sometimes had to battle church and government authorities in order to help those in need.
In the 1820s the Kerikeri mission station was under the protection of Hongi Hika and the Ngāpuhi tribe. Hongi had encouraged the establishment of the mission - largely because he wanted access to muskets, which gave Ngāpuhi a great military advantage over other tribes. Today the 1822 mission house is New Zealand's oldest building.
Today a picturesque tourist town, Russell was once a lawless settlement.
Bishop William Williams, c. 1875.
The Elms mission house at Tauranga
Cartoon from the Taranaki Punch showing a missionary protecting a Māori man from being shot at by a soldier
A portrait of Reverend Richard Taylor, cica 1860-1873. Taken by unidentified photographer.
Photograph of missionary Thomas Samuel Grace, 1865.
In 1862 Te Ua Haumene established a new religion, Hauhau based on the principle of pai marire – goodness and peace. Most settlers viewed Hauhau as a anti-European religion that became synonymous with ‘violence, fanaticism and barbarism’.
Seated portait of William Colenso (1811-1899) taken in 1868.
On 2 March 1865 Carl Völkner, a German-born missionary, was hanged from a willow tree near his church at Opotiki. His death was attributed to the followers of a new religion, Pai Marire, who suspected Völkner of spying for the government.
A French bishop living amongst hostile British settlers in New Zealand, Pompallier was sympathetic to Maori concerns, and for his time had an enlightened view towards Maori. By 1843, the French missions that he had established could claim about 45,000 Maori converts to Catholicism
Henry Williams was a missionary who supported British annexation. He believed that Maori should be protected from lawless Europeans and fraudulent dealings. He and his son Edward translated the Treaty of Waitangi into Maori.
Anglican priest Richard Taylor had a great influence on Maori in the Wanganui region, and by the early 1850s as many as two-thirds of the Maori population in his district
Bishop of New Zealand George Selwyn became fluent in the Maori language and became and advocate for Maori land rights
Reverand Samuel Marsden was the driving force behind the establishment of Anglican mission stations in New Zealand.

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