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.
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
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.
Thomas Grace was a deacon of the Church Missionary society. He set up a missions tation in Pukawa, taupo, but had to leave Pukawa less than a decade later.  He, along with Carl Volkner, were captured by Pai Marire members, but Grace was released unharmed while Volkner was killed.