Local Heart, Global Soul

August 29, 2018

Ngāi Tahu And Their Little Known Conversion…

There are quite a few information boards in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square and they make very informative reading. even though I grew up in Christchurch and know a lot about the city and it’s history, there is still so much to discover, so much to learn. One of these boards informs me:

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Ngāi Tahu in the Anglican City”. “Christchurch Cathedral and Cathedral Square are iconic symbols of Ōtautahi / Christchurch and important reminders of its Church of England roots. Few people realise that the first Anglican church in greater Christchurch was a Ngāi Tahu “whare karakia” (church) and that several early Anglican churches in the Province were built by and for Ngāi Tahu communities.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Above)“Ngai Tahu were early converts to the Anglican faith in Ōtautahi in a period when politics and religion were integrally tied. Hakopa Te Ata o Tū (3rd from left) and Pita Te Hori (3rd from right) were Ngāi Tahu Rangatira, members of the Anglican Church and key players in the early relationships between Ngāi Tahu and the leaders of the burgeoning colonial city.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Holy Trinity Church at Wairewa Pa, Little River was the realisation of a dream for Irai Tihau who did much to secure its construction. Builot in 1870, the church stood on a small spur above the pa. Holy Trinity Church was destroyed by fire in 1969“

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“When the foundation stone for the Te Whare Tipene / St Stephen’s, Tuahiwi was laid by Sir George Grey, Governor of New Zealand in 1867, Ngāi Tahu took the opportunity to express their concerns over land sales to the crown. While many Ngāi Tahu remained committed to the Church through the turbulent colonial period, others became disillusioned, regarding it as complicit in the injustices wrought by the government in the loss of their lands and resources.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“The original raupō and slab whare karakai (church) built at Puari in Koukourārata / Port Levy in 1844 was the first Anglican church in what was to become the Canterbury province. It was replaced in 1864 by the more substantial wooden building pictured here. A memorial marks the site today.”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Ngāi Tahu” is pronounced “nigh-tar-hu” means the ‘people of Tahu’, linking back to ancestor Tahu Pōtiki. Within the iwi (tribes) there are five primary hapū (groups) being Kāti Kurī, Ngāti Irakehu, Kāti Huirapa, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki.

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