Story: Missions and missionaries

Paihia mission house (2nd of 2)

Paihia mission house

The third Church Missionary Society mission station (after Rangihoua and Kerikeri) was set up at Paihia in 1823. It was known to some locals as 'Heaven' because of its contrast with the nearby whaling village of 'Hell', or Kororāreka (later renamed Russell). This 1830 watercolour, possibly by Henry Williams, shows a croquet lawn and the house where Williams lived with his wife, Marianne.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-048-007
Watercolour by Henry Williams

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How to cite this page:

Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First years of the CMS mission', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 June 2023)

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