Story: Cultural go-betweens

Rongo pai o Matiu (2nd of 2)

Missionary, printer and cultural go-between William Colenso published a Māori translation of the Bible, which proved hugely popular among Māori eager to learn to read and write. This is the first page of the gospel according to Matthew.

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Mark Derby, 'Cultural go-betweens - Missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018