Story: Rongoā – medicinal use of plants

Rangiātea Church, Ōtaki

Rangiātea Church, Ōtaki

This painting by Charles Barraud shows the interior of Rangiātea Church at Ōtaki in the mid-1800s. The Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha is said to have inspired the building of this church. It was built for a Māori community, at a time when missionaries had a growing influence on Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Artwork by Charles Decimus Barraud

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Rhys Jones, 'Rongoā – medicinal use of plants - The impact of colonisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2021)

Story by Rhys Jones, published 24 Sep 2007