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Page from William Williams's Dictionary of the New Zealand language

Having worked with William Colenso to publish in Māori the New Testament and the Book of common prayer, William Williams then prepared this first dictionary of the Māori language, which also included a descriptive grammar of the language. It was published by Colenso's missionary press in 1844.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: William Williams, A dictionary of the New-Zealand language, and a concise grammar; to which are added a selection of colloquial sentences. Paihia: Printed at the Press of the C.M. Society, 1844 (B-K-1047-xxiii)

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Elizabeth Caffin, 'Publishing - Educational publishing and Whitcombe and Tombs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2021)

Story by Elizabeth Caffin, published 22 Oct 2014