Collision, Compromise and Conversion during the Wesleyan Hokianga Mission, 1827–1855

Drawing upon modern scholarly insights Methodist historian Gary Clover investigates the nature of culture change and Māori ‘conversion’ from 1827–1855 during New Zealand’s early contact era. He narrates an absorbing tale of Māori and Pākeha inter-relationships colourful personalities and their foresight and failures.


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Collision, Compromise and Conversion during the Wesleyan Hokianga Mission, 1827–1855
Early Hokianga was different. A unique blend of Ngāpuhi Māori, kauri milling settlers, and Wesleyan missionaries.
Drawing upon modern scholarly insights, Methodist historian, Gary Clover, investigates the nature of culture change and Māori ‘conversion’ from 1827–1855 during New Zealand’s early contact era. He narrates an absorbing tale of Māori and Pākeha inter-relationships, colourful personalities, and their foresight and failures.
He explores how Hokianga Māori, amidst immense turmoil and change, adopted and ‘Māorified’ European technology, culture, and Christianity.
Also how William White, a little known, extra-ordinary Wesleyan Mission Superintendent, moved far beyond the traditional missionary mould to help retain his ‘Mihanere’ chiefs’ tribal lands. They entrusted White with large tracts to hold in trust. At Māngungu’s chapel, school, farm, and sawyers’ pits, they learnt skills to participate in the new economy, becoming competitive against their European rivals.
But White’s personality flaws and his opponents saw him dismissed in 1836. And outside forces by 1855 brought about the end of all three original Hokianga mission stations.
A well-researched, scholarly, and detailed analysis of culture change and Māori ‘conversion’ in a region professional historians have largely neglected.
  • ISBN: 9780473440503
  • Published: 1/7/2018
  • Pages: 538
  • Dimensions: 244x165mm
Soft cover Soft cover
NZ$ 60.00



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