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Te Hahi Mihinare | The Maori Anglican Church

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Te Hahi Mihinare | The Maori Anglican Church
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Hirini Kaa
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 240,Width 170
Category/GenreOckham Longlist Titles
General Non-Fiction Award
Australia, New Zealand & Pacific history
Colonialism and imperialism
ISBN/Barcode 9780947518752
Illustrations 80, in sections

Publishing Details

Publisher Bridget Williams Books
Imprint Bridget Williams Books
NZ Release Date 9 November 2020
Publication Country New Zealand


This ground-breaking book explores the emergence of Te Hahi Mihinare - the Maori Anglican Church. Anglicanism, brought to New Zealand by English missionaries in 1814, was made widely known by Maori evangelists, as iwi adapted the religion to make it their own. The ways in which Mihinare (Maori Anglicans) engaged with the settler Anglican Church in New Zealand and created their own unique Church casts light on the broader question of how Maori interacted with and transformed European culture and institutions. Te Hahi Mihinare uncovers a rich history that enhances our understanding of New Zealand's past. A cast of memorable characters, including nationally wellknown figures such as Apirana Ngata and internationally significant figures, such as Bishop Azariah from India, vividly people the pages of this fascinating book. Author Hirini Kaa describes the quest for a Maori Anglican bishop, the translation into te reo of the prayer book, and the development of a distinctive Maori Anglican ministry. In the process, Kaa uncovers a rich history that enhances our understanding of New Zealand's past.

Author Biography

Dr Hirini Kaa, of Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata descent, is an historian and an ordained minister in the Anglican Church (like family members before him). He has worked in the social services sector, for the Anglican Church, and for the Ngati Porou iwi. Hirini has extensive television experience, which includes researching, co-writing and presenting the seven-part historical documentary series 'The Prophets' for Maori Television, and he continues to be sought out by media outlets for commentary on a range of subjects.