Story: Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations

Mormon president with tokotoko

Mormon president with tokotoko

In 1976 S. W. Kimball, the president of the Mormon Church worldwide, visited New Zealand and spoke at a national Mormon conference at Church College in Hamilton. During his visit Māori Mormons presented him with a hand-carved tokotoko, a walking stick traditionally symbolising eloquence and authority.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1976/0716

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Hirini Kaa, 'Ngā hāhi – Māori and Christian denominations - Mormon Church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30650/mormon-president-with-tokotoko (accessed 20 September 2021)

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