Story: Missions and missionaries

Grant of land at Kerikeri

This 1819 deed is the first legal document recording a transfer of land in New Zealand. It shows that land at 'Kiddee Kiddee' (later spelled Kerikeri) was sold to the missionaries in return for 'Forty Eight Falling Axes'. The deed is signed by Thomas Kendall and John Butler of the Church Missionary Society, and with the moko (facial tattoos) of Ngāpuhi chiefs Hongi Hika and Rewa.

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Peter J. Lineham, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Aug 2018