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An important feature of early cross-cultural contact in New Zealand was the role of intermediaries (kaiwhakarite) who acted as go-betweens – people from one culture who lived within the other culture and helped bridge the gap between the two. Read the full article

Page 3 - Māori intermediaries: Ruatara

In 1805 the Ngāpuhi chief Ruatara left New Zealand on the whaling ship Argo with the intention of meeting King George


The Christian missionaries of the pre-1840s have been described as the 'agents of virtue in a world of vice', although they were not immune to moral blemish themselves. Read the full article

Page 2 - Establishing the Church Missionary Society

Samuel Marsden was a key figure in the establishment of the first Christian mission in New Zealand.

Page 5 - Wesleyans and Catholics

How Maori responded to the arrival of Wesleyan and Catholic missionaries in the Bay of

A fanciful painting of the missionary settlement and Ngāpuhi village at Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, home of the chief Ruatara