New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
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             Toil and Adversity at Whangaroa 1827- 1836

The early history of the Methodist Mission is of interest to all students of the Maori people and of the development of the Dominion in its first formative years. It played a part, second only to that of the Anglican Mission, as a civilising force, familiarising the native people with Christian ideals, preparing them for the acceptance of British rule, and, at a critical hour, when the acceptance of the Treaty of Waitangi was in doubt, casting its full weight on the side of the Crown.