The first Māori priest of the Catholic Church, the Reverend Father Wiremu Te Āwhitu, is flanked by Bishop Snedden of Wellington (left) and Bishop Delargey of Auckland. They are moving on to Ngāpuawaiwaha marae in Taumarunui for the 1971 celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Te Āwhitu's priesthood. Five younger Māori priests – Henare Tate, Karaitiana King, Harwood, Bennett and Peter Lander (a nephew of Father Te Āwhitu) – also took part in this ceremony.
Courtesy of Te Puni Kōkiri.
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Reference: Clark, E. R. ‘Silver Jubilee.’ Te Ao Hou 69 (1971), p. 53
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