European settlers bought with them to New Zealand many new infectious diseases to which Māori had no immunity. Measles and influenza, in particular, caused many deaths. This newspaper report describes a fatal outbreak of measles at Parihaka in Taranaki during a hui (meeting) in 1887.
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Reference: Evening Post, 4 July 1887, p. 2
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