Relatives sit by a body in a meeting house at Ruatapu, on the west coast of the South Island, during a tangi. Deaths from infectious diseases were particularly common by this time. Newly introduced diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough proved fatal to both adults and children, and spread rapidly through Māori communities.
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