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Presbyterian Māori missions: Rua Kēnana and John Laughton (3rd of 3)

Presbyterian Māori missions: Rua Kēnana and John Laughton

The Scottish-born Presbyterian minister John Laughton spent much of his working life in Māori communities. Residents of Maungapōhatu, the remote Urewera religious community founded by the prophet Rua Kēnana, invited Laughton to join the Presbyterian mission there while their leader was in prison. Rua was released soon afterwards and the two men eventually became friends.

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Presbyterian Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30624/presbyterian-maori-missions-rua-kenana-and-john-laughton (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Hirini Kaa, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Mar 2017