This ground-breaking book explores the birth, growth, struggles and ongoing life of Te Hāhi Mihinare – the Māori Anglican Church. Anglicanism arrived in New Zealand with the first English missionaries in 1814 but was made widely known by Māori evangelists. The new religion profoundly influenced some iwi, who in turn adapted and made it their own. The ways in which Mihinare (Māori Anglicans) engaged with the settler Anglican Church in New Zealand and created their own unique church casts light on the broader question of how Māori interacted on their own terms with European culture and institutions.
Significant national and international figures, from Apirana Ngata to Bishop Azariah from India, vividly people the pages of this fascinating book. Author Hirini Kaa describes the quest for a Māori Anglican bishop, the translation into te reo of the prayer book, and the development of a distinctive Māori Anglican ministry. In the process, Kaa uncovers a rich history that enhances our understanding of New Zealand’s past.