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New Zealand Lutherans: Māori catechism, 1877 (1st of 4)

New Zealand Lutherans: Māori catechism, 1877

'Ko te Katekismus Poto, me tona whakamaramatanga' (a short catechism, with explanation), reads the title page of this Māori-language schoolbook from 1877. A catechism is a summary of religious beliefs, in this case those of Martin Luther, the German priest who formed the Lutheran Church in the 16th century. Several early Lutheran missionaries in New Zealand were based in Māori communities and became fluent in Māori.

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Reference: Ko te pukapuka poto, hei ako mo te tamariki katoa : he ako e pai rawa. Wanganui: Printed by A.D. Willis, 1877 (S-L 1118-COVER)

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Mark Derby, 'Diverse Christian churches - Lutheran, Dutch Reformed and Brethren churches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/31105/new-zealand-lutherans-maori-catechism-1877 (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Apr 2018