Story: Missions and missionaries

War party, 1832

War party, 1832

Henry Williams and other missionaries made many efforts to prevent Ngāpuhi from making war on other tribes. In January 1832 Williams and his colleague William Fairburn joined a taua (war party) led by the Ngāpuhi chief Titore against Ngāi Te Rangi of Tauranga. This engraving shows the missionaries' sailboat surrounded by waka taua (war canoes), some equipped with sails. Williams did not manage to prevent this attack.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0031-1835-1
Engraving after a drawing by Henry Williams

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

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