Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Missionary party

Missionary party

During two visits to New Zealand in the 1820s the French explorer Dumont d'Urville saw many interactions between Māori and non-Māori, and he wrote about them in an account of his travels published in 1834–35. This engraving from the book shows a missionary carrying a parasol, accompanied by three cloaked chiefs and a long column of Māori porters carrying his belongings. By working for and learning from missionaries, Māori gained skills and possessions that they valued.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Artwork by Louis Auguste de Sainson

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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Missions and Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011