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. The 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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25293/grey-institute-building (accessed 19 August 2019)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015