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The Conversion of the Māori: Years of Religious and Social Change, 1814–1842
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The Conversion of the Māori: Years of Religious and Social Change, 1814–1842


Eerdmans 2013

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The Conversion of the Māori is the latest volume in the Studies in the History of Christian Missions series, which explores the significant, yet often contested, impact of Christian missions around the world.

Timothy Yates introduces the history of missions among the Māori people of New Zealand in the mid-1800s. On the basis of painstaking archival research, Yates charts the change in society and religion over the course of nearly thirty years in detail, describing the historical development of the conversion process. The Conversion of the Māori is ecumenical and historically informed to give a balanced presentation of the conversion of a whole people.

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Key Features

  • Examines the account of conversion of the Māori people to Christianity
  • Describes the impact of mission work in New Zealand
  • Looks at the subsequent changes in Māori society


  • Māori Society: Background to European Contact
  • Samuel Marsden and the New Zealand Mission to 1814
  • Māori and Missionaries: Early CMS Interaction, 1814-1823
  • Methodist Beginnings and Destruction at Whangaroa, 1819-1827
  • CMS in Kerikeri and Paihia, 1823-1830
  • Methodist Mission Reestablished: Hokianga, 1827-1837
  • Change, Scandal, and Expansion, 1830-1838
  • The Marists in New Zealand, 1838-1842
  • The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840
  • Expansion of a Mission: Māori Initiatives and the CMS, 1834-1842
  • Indigenous Agents: Teachers, Catechists, and Martyrs
  • Conversion: An Analysis

Praise for the Print Edition

In this book Timothy Yates throws fresh light on an important, but little known, part of Christian mission history. His work is to be warmly welcomed.

—Charles W. Forman, D. Willis James Professor Emeritus of Missions, Yale Divinity School

Conversion of the Māori and the impact of missionary Christianity in New Zealand have been matters of considerable debate among historians. Timothy Yates provides a careful analysis of these areas and offers carefully nuanced insights into these complex issues, taking particular note of indigenous initiatives.

—Allan Davidson, research fellow, St. John’s Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand

Product Details

  • Title: The Conversion of the Māori: Years of Religious and Social Change, 1814-1842
  • Author: Timothy Yates
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

About Timothy Yates

Timothy Yates is docent in mission studies at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, University of Durham, and Canon Emeritus of Derby Cathedral, England. His other books include The Expansion of Christianity and Christian Mission in the Twentieth Century.

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