New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
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First Years at Hokianga

CONTENTS

Leaving Sydney

Nathaniel Turner 
Arrival at Hokianga

Getting Started
Selecting a Site

John Hobbs and James Stack
The Maori Chiefs

William White

Difficulties
Differences of opinion
Visit of Orton to the Mission

Changing staff
Scandals

Visiting Mangungu today



In a previous brochure, entitled "Toil and Adversity at Whangaroa," the story of the Methodist Mission to New Zealand is told from its initiation in 1823 to its disruption and the enforced flight of the missionaries in 1827. After a brief stay with members of the Anglican Mission at the Bay of Islands the Methodist party sailed for Sydney in the whaler "Sisters" on January 28th, 1827, arriving at their destination on February 9th. It consisted of Nathaniel Turner and Mrs. Turner, with their three children, John Hobbs, James Stack and Mr. and Mrs. Luke Wade, and they took with them a Maori girl and two native lads. William White had left Whangaroa for England on September 19th, 1825, and at the time of the flight had not returned. The catastrophe to the Mission was complete. The buildings had been burned to the ground, the live stock killed: books and records destroyed, and the property of the Mission now consisted only of a few articles in store in Sydney which had not been forwarded to New Zealand.