New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
 Go to Index

A Study of Maori-Pakeha relations in the Methodist Maori Mission from the beginnings to the present day (1971).

                                   
THE MAORI RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL

CONTENTS
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION & ABBREVIATIONS
I Encounter and Response in the Mid 20th Century

II Belonging and Selfhood
III Historical Perspectives: The Early
Missionaries

IV Historical Perspectives: Cultural
Impositions
V Belonging and Selfhood in Embryo
VI Maori and Pakeha in the Methodist Church
Tomorrow
ADDENDUM: Worship, Liturgy and Building
BIBLIOGRAPHY            


FOREWORD

It is a sign of growing maturity that the New Zealander is beginning to ask who he is and what is his destiny. The older categories are no longer sufficient to describe the emerging multi-racial society. Many streams have been flowing together, Polynesian, European, Eastern and Western to produce a society that is rich and exciting in its diversity. This is. a heritage of infinite value and promise. Its full development involves a choice, not assimilation but interrelationship, not absorption but recognition of the identity of cultural and ethnic groups within the community, not the domination of the one by the other, but the fellowship of all.

The Maori, in New Zealand society, is the elder brother giving to the rest of us a sense of history. The Maori people is a caring people. Without the unique Maori response to the Gospel awakening us to a way of life and to corporate values so much needed in the individualism of the Western world, as a Church and as a country, we should be greatly impoverished.

This is a time for research, for interpretation, aid for listening to one another. No one is better equipped to speak for the Maori response than Mr Rakena. He is making an import-ant contribution to mutual understanding. I warmly commend this book.

J. J. Lewis Principal,
Trinity Methodist Theological College
AUCKLAND