New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
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Port Albert 100 years

Inextricably interwoven in the fabric of Albertland settlement is the faith and witness of the Methodist pioneers. The first group of settlers to arrive in Port Albert were met by Rev William Gittos who had been appointed to the Kaipara in 1856. He shared the first Sunday services withRev Samuel Edgar who had come to minister in the proposed Unsectarian Church. After working under great difficulties for a few years, Mr Edgar was moved to Auckland. The corporate spiritual life of the scattered settlers became dependent largely qn the people in each locality. In North Albertland and TeArai the Church of Christ emerged; Maungaturoto linked with the Congregational Union, while in Paparoa and Port Albert Methodism was the surviving religious force........