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Anglican Māori trainees, 1886

Anglican Māori trainees, 1886

The Anglican Church attracted strong support among Māori, and when the Church Missionary Society withdrew from New Zealand, Māori were trained to continue ministry work among their own people. Archdeacon Leonard Williams began this work in his own home, Te Rau Kahikatea, in suburban Gisborne. In 1885 Te Rau College was built across the road, with funds originally given by the Church Missionary Society. These young Māori trainees are outside a college building in 1886.

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John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Māori and religion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by John Stenhouse, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018