The first Māori bishop of the Anglican Church, Frederick Bennett of Te Arawa, speaks at the tangi (funeral) of Sir Āpirana Ngata in 1950. Bennett, of Māori and Irish parents, earlier headed the Māori missions at Rotorua and Hawke's Bay. He was consecrated a bishop in 1928, partly to counter the influence of the Rātana Church among Māori disillusioned with the missionary churches. His son Manuhuia later became Bishop of Aotearoa.
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