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Measles epidemic (2nd of 2)

Measles epidemic

Māori had no initial immunity to the new diseases that arrived with Pākehā settlers, and severe epidemics were common. This 1887 newspaper article describes a deadly outbreak of measles in Taranaki centred on Parihaka . Large hui at which Māori from different places gathered could result in disease spreading over a wide area.

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Reference: Evening Post, 4 July 1887, p. 2.

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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Effects of colonisation on Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019