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Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

Postal address
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PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

P. (03) 366 6049   I   0800 266 639

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Methodism in Napier - The Story of the First Decade - Wesley Historical Society





                                                      
             The First Decade - Methodism in Napier


EUROPEAN settlement in Hawke's Bay began comparatively late. There were whalers at the Mahia in the early Thirties, and pastoralists and runholders came up the coast from Wellington later, but great stretches of country, bounded on the west by the high ranges and southwards by vast areas of virgin forest, remained unoccupied. It was not till 1850 that Donald McLean, afterwards Sir Donald, and distinguished as Native Minister, purchased from the Maoris for £7.000 the site on which Napier now stands. The town was founded five years later.