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Missionaries as peacemakers

Missionaries as peacemakers

This 1856 illustration shows the Church Missionary Society missionaries William (front) and Henry Williams confronting a Māori war party. William Williams is reading extracts from the Bible in te reo Māori. From the 1830s missionaries such as the Williams brothers had enough knowledge of the Māori language, and enough status, to successfully intervene in armed disputes.

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - Māori converts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 July 2024)

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