The Reverend Rua Rākena (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi) was a key figure in developing the modern Methodist Church's relations with Māori. He is shown here taking part in the first interdenominational church service held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi Day 1966. The photo shows (from left) Rua Rākena, Father Theo Wanders (the Catholic priest of Panguru, Hokianga) and the Anglican Bishop of Aotearoa, the Right Reverend Wiremu Pānapa.
Courtesy of Te Puni Kōkiri.
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Reference: Te Ao Hou 55 (June 1966), p. 28.
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