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The First Mission Station in New Zealand

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Zealand Mission StationDUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND—Ian Smith and Angela Middleton of the University of Otago have been excavating the Hohi Mission Station at Kerikeri, which stood from 1814 to 1832. The first Europeans in New Zealand were dependent upon local Maori communities for food and protection. “We found the remains of what is likely to have been the house of early New Zealand missionary Thomas Kendall and his family, as well as artifacts like ceramic shards, glass, a coin dating from 1806 bearing the profile of George III, and gunflints,” Smith told the New Zealand Herald. They also found a classroom containing toys, slate pencils, and fragments of writing slates, and a whare, or Maori dwelling.