Story: Bay of Plenty places

Catholic mission (2nd of 2)

Catholic mission

A Catholic mission to Māori was established by the Mill Hill fathers from London at Matatā in 1886. Some years later they built this church, as well as a school and convent at Matatā. Mill Hill fathers continued to serve the settlement’s Catholic congregation until the amalgamation of the parish with Whakatāne in the 1990s.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty places - Towns of the Rangitāiki Plains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5714/catholic-mission (accessed 28 February 2020)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015