By Keith Newman

Bible & Treaty: Missionaries one of the Maori is a complicated and vibrant experience of religion, bravery, perseverance and betrayal that seeks to recuperate misplaced connections within the tale of contemporary New Zealand. It brings a clean point of view to the missionary tale, from the lead-up to Samuel Marsden's first sermon on New Zealand soil, and the intervening fight for survival and figuring out, to the dramatic occasions that opened up round the Treaty of Waitangi and the disillusionment that resulted in the Land Wars within the 1860s. whereas a few missionaries truly didn't dwell as much as their excessive calling, the bulk dedicated their lives to Maori and have been instrumental in spreading Christianity, brokering peace among warring tribes, and selling literacy - leading to a Maori-language version of the Bible. This hugely readable account, from the writer of Ratana Revisited: An Unfinished Legacy (2006) and Ratana: The Prophet (2009), shines a brand new gentle at the ever-evolving enterprise of recent Zealand's early history.

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