Story: Rātana Church – Te Haahi Rātana

Rātana travels to London (2nd of 2)

Rātana travels to London

T. W. Rātana stands beside the ship Barabool in South Africa prior to his departure for London. Rātana travelled to London in 1924 to present a petition protesting breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. While on board problems arose between the Māori and Rhodesian (now Zimbabwe) passengers concerning the 'colour question'. Tensions heightened until Australians and New Zealanders, who sympathised with Rātana and his people, threatened to throw the Rhodesians overboard. Tensions settled after this.

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Keith Newman, 'Rātana Church – Te Haahi Rātana - Founding the Rātana Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26300/ratana-travels-to-london (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by Keith Newman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018