Report from Joseph Orton

Report from Joseph Orton

In the early 1840s Riwha Tītokowaru was baptised as Hohepa Ōtene (Joseph Orton) by the Methodist missionary John Skevington. This report confirms his attendance at a Wesleyan missions meeting at Onehunga in 1858.

Tītokowaru acquired a thorough knowledge of the Bible while working for Skevington as an assistant teacher. He learnt to write in Māori, a skill that he would use to strategic advantage during his war. Following Skevington’s death in 1845 Tītokowaru worked with the missionary William Hough at Pātea.

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