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Measles epidemic (2nd of 2)

Measles epidemic

For some time, Māori had no immunity to the new diseases that arrived with Pākehā settlers. Severe epidemics were common. This newspaper article of 1887 describes a deadly outbreak of measles in Taranaki centred on Parihaka . Large hui where Māori from different places gathered could be the epicentre for the spread of a disease over a wide area.

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

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Effects of colonisation on Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/26589/measles-epidemic (accessed 20 October 2019)

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