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"Born from the passionate endeavours of a young American semi-invalid to better the conditions of Maori people living in the Rotorua lakes district of the North Island of New Zealand, the first Baptist Maori Mission had an unusual history and an even more unusual fate. This was no saga of a visionary Christian group sallying forth from the home of civilization to evangelise the world. It began almost by accident, was originally conceived not as a Baptist task at all, and arrived on the scene nearly seventy years after the gospel had first been proclaimed on these South Pacific shores. Nevertheless for a time it exerted a profound influence on the local indigenous population and briefly claimed the support of a substantial non-conformist denomination. Only the barest outlines of this intriguing story have been told before, and then only in relatively inaccessible places. It deserves to be better known. Interactions between some of the participants were dramatic and unexpected. The geographic setting made its own contribution: remarkably and perhaps uniquely, in the end not only did the mission vanish, so also did the mission field."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: At the time of publication of this book R F Keam was an associate professor in the Physics Department of the University of Auckland. The Tarawera was a lifelong interest of the author's.

Large format University of Auckland hardback 2004.

236 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

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