Story: Taranaki region

Grey Institute building

Grey Institute building

Before the arrival of the Plymouth Company settlers in Taranaki, the Wesleyan Missionary Society had established a mission at Moturoa, New Plymouth. In 1846 the Reverend Henry Turton began a school for Māori. After receiving financial assistance from Governor George Grey, it became known as the Grey Institute. Never a resounding success, the school closed for the last time in 1869, and its building, erected in 1848, was sold in 1878 and moved from the site. A girls' school associated with the institute survives on its original site near the Moturoa shopping centre.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Early settlers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015