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Māori church, Rangiriri, 1864

Māori church, Rangiriri, 1864

Rangiriri was the site of a significant battle in the Waikato War in November 1863. Local Māori who supported the Māori King movement against the colonial state were also believers in their own form of Christianity. This is their church – in front are the graves of men killed in the battle some months before.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, D. M. Beere Collection
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Photograph by Daniel Beere

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How to cite this page:

John Stenhouse, 'Religion and society - Māori and religion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

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