Story: History

Wiremu Rātana in Taupō

Wiremu Rātana in Taupō

New Zealand’s Māori population began to increase after hitting a low point at the end of the 19th century. Until after the Second World War, many Māori remained in rural areas, cut off from mainstream New Zealand life. But in these years there were many signs of adaptation to a wider, Pākehā-dominated society along with a flourishing sense of identity. Wiremu Rātana founded the Rātana Church and won many adherents when he travelled around the country by motor car. The church gained considerable political influence after it forged an alliance with the Labour Party.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-089569

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'History - The later 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Apr 2020