A brief history of Maori Christianity

Te ingoa o to ratou Atua, ko Tama i Rorokutia, he Atua pai, otira, ka ngaro ano te tangata. The name of their new God will be “The Son Who was Killed,” a good God, however the people will still be oppressed…

- East Coast patriarch Arama Toiroa, 1766, prophesying a new religion three years before Captain Cook arrived.

Christianity came to Aotearoa at the invitation of Maori. In 1811, Chief Ruatara invited Samuel Marsden to come to Aotearoa and preach the Gospel. It took Samuel Marsden 3 years to show up. This year is the 200th anniversary of the Gospel being invited into Aotearoa, and the 400th anniversary of the bible he brought with him.

Samuel Marsden preached the first Gospel message in Aotearoa on Christmas Day, 25 December 1814 at OihiBay. There was an exuberant Maori haka at the end of the service.

It was the fulfilment of the biblical prophecy in Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.''

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