Build Us a Church!
The great chief Te Rauparaha, of Ngāti Toa iwi (tribe), believed a church would provide a good gathering place for the community he loved, though he never converted to Christianity himself.He had supplied timber but construction had stalled due to conflict in the area. He thrust his sword (a gift from colonial governor George Grey) into the ground and commanded chief Te Pohotīraha to complete the work he had begun.
The church, Rangiātea, was completed in 1851, though Te Rauparaha did not live to see it – he died in 1849.
We share this video as part of Matariki 2015 celebrations.
Matariki – more multimedia highlights
Tales from Te Papa is a fascinating series of mini-documentaries showcasing many of the exciting, wonderful and significant objects held in our national museum.
Tales from Te Papa was commissioned by TVNZ 7, in partnership with Te Papa.
I mauherengia hētia ai a Te Rauparaha e Kāwana Kerei i te tau 1846. Ahakoa tērā, nā te kāwana rā tēnei hoari i takoha atu ki Te Rauparaha. Ka puta i te mauherehere, ka hui ana iwi ki Ōtaki. Ka poua tēnei hoari e Te Rauparaha ki te whenua me te tohutohu ki Te Pohotīraha, kia whakatūria he whare karakia ki reira, koia ko Rangiātea.
Ko te kaupapa o te kiriata i konei, he whakatairanga i a Matariki 2015.