For some time, Māori had no immunity to the new diseases that arrived with Pākehā settlers. Severe epidemics were common. This 1887 newspaper article of describes a deadly outbreak of measles in Taranaki centred on Parihaka pā. Large hui at which Māori from different places gathered could result in disease spreading over a wide area.
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Reference: Evening Post, 4 July 1887, p. 2.
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