The young Ngāpuhi chief Ruatara acted as a vitally important translator for the first Christian missionaries to settle in New Zealand. Ruatara had learned English while working on whaling ships and on visits to England and Sydney. In December 1814 Samuel Marsden and a group of missionaries accompanied Ruatara to his home village of Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, where he introduced them to his relatives, as shown in this drawing. It was probably due to Ruatara's intervention that New Zealand's first mission station was at Rangihoua.
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