Story: Epidemics

Measles at Parihaka

A newspaper clipping about a measles outbreak at Parihaka.

European settlers bought with them to New Zealand many new infectious diseases to which Māori had no immunity. Measles and influenza, in particular, caused many deaths. This newspaper report describes a fatal outbreak of measles at Parihaka in Taranaki during a hui (meeting) in 1887.

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

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The typhoid era, 1810s to 1890s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024