Story: Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations

Carved font

Carved font

This is the magnificent carved wooden baptismal font in St Aidan's Anglican Church in Miramar, Wellington, with (from left) its carver Charles Tuarau, St Aidan's minister the Reverend Peter Keith, and its donor, R. Holland. In 1956, when the font was dedicated, it was thought to be perhaps the first example of traditional Māori carving in a European church. In 2010 the minister of St Aidan's, Tim McKenzie, said, 'This font reminds us that the first churches in New Zealand were Maori churches: that's the way Christianity first spread here.'

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Anglican Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30615/carved-font (accessed 24 October 2017)

Story by Hirini Kaa, published 5 May 2011, updated 14 Mar 2017