Story: Missions and missionaries

William Williams

William Williams

Missionary William Williams followed his brother, Henry, to New Zealand, arriving at the mission station at Paihia in the Bay of Islands in 1826. He was later based at the Waimate and Tūranga mission stations. William Williams became fluent in te reo Māori (the Māori language) and published the first Māori–English dictionary in 1844. 

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First years of the CMS mission', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018