Story: Missions and missionaries

Waikato, Hongi Hika and Thomas Kendall

Waikato, Hongi Hika and Thomas Kendall

Thomas Kendall arrived at Rangihoua in 1814. He and other missionaries and helpers remained there while Samuel Marsden returned to New South Wales. Kendall enthusiastically learned the Māori language and Māori traditions. In 1820 he went to London with his teachers, the Ngāpuhi chiefs Waikato (left) and Hongi Hika.

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018