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HISTORICAL SNAPSHOTS OF METHODISM

IN THORNDON

On June 7th, 1839, Revs. John Hewgill Bumby and John Hobbs, accompanied by a score of Christian Natives from the Wesleyan Mission station at Mangungu, Bay of Islands. arrived at Port Nicholson on the Hokianga. Adverse winds retarded the vessel at the heads so the Missionaries, with their Native retinue negotiated the channel in the Mission whaleboat and landed on Pipitea beach in the evening. Here they pitched their tents and John Hobbs records that that night Friday. June 7th. 1839, they commenced their mission by holding service with the Natives. Next day they negotiated for the acquirement of a mission site, and paid a deposit of merchandise valued at fifty shillings. On Sunday, 9th June, at Te Aro Pa. John Hobbs expounded the first principles of the Christian religion to a company of about one hundred local natives, being the first white man who had ever preached to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the two founders of Christianity at Port Nicholson departed on June 14th, they left behind six Native teachers . . . Reihana-Te-Karoro, with his wife and children, being located at Pipitea. (Pamphlet by Rev. M. A. Rugby Pratt re Christian Beginnings in Wellington.)