Story: Missions and missionaries

Marsden and Ruatara

Marsden and Ruatara

The Church Missionary Society's Samuel Marsden (centre) had met many Māori in New South Wales before he first visited New Zealand in 1814. This drawing shows him arriving at Rangihoua, Bay of Islands, and meeting the family of the local chief Ruatara. He had first encountered Ruatara five years earlier while travelling by ship from England to Australia.

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Peter J. Lineham, 'Missions and missionaries - First missionaries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/27985/marsden-and-ruatara (accessed 6 June 2020)

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