Kōrero: The New Zealand bush

Walter Lawry

Walter Lawry

Walter Lawry was a Methodist missionary who came from Tonga to New Zealand in 1843 to become the superintendent of the Wesleyan mission. He soon set off to carry the gospel around the colony.

Download the PDF document to read an extract from Lawry’s journal describing the challenges of struggling through the New Zealand bush. Such experiences led Europeans to think of ‘the bush’ in New Zealand as dense jungle.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-098-021-a
Engraving after a painting by William Gush

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - What is the bush?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/14496/walter-lawry (accessed 28 March 2023)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007