Heritage Q&A Collection

Engaging your world one conversation at a time

Welcome to the Heritage Q&A video collection. This series focus’ on our early New Zealand heritage, exploring our early roots as a nation – and in particular the influence of the Christian message among Maori. These videos reveal a largely unknown dynamic in our history – yet a significant one. There is an untold story.

1. How did the gospel get here – was it imposed on Māori, or was it invited? By Rt Revd Kito Pikaahu  Answer

2. Tell me the story: What happened at Christmas in 1814? By Dave Mann, Hope Project Co-ordinator Answer

3. What motivated the missionaries to come here? By Dr Alistair Reese, Pākehā Theologian-Historian Answer

4. What was the Māori response to the gospel in those early years? By Rt Revd Kito Pikaahu Answer

5. How did missionaries communicate their message? By Rt Revd Kito Pikaahu Answer

6. Did any cultural factors aid the embracing of the gospel by Māori? By David Moko, Kaihautu – Baptist Māori Ministries Answer

7. How did the gospel spread throughout Aotearoa? By Rt Revd Kito Pikaahu Answer

8. What was the early missionary view of Māori culture? By Dave Mann, Hope Project Co-ordinator Answer

9. How do you reconcile Māori Atua and Christian faith? By Jade Hohaia Answer

10. Were the missionaries a tool of colonialism – or opponents of it? By Rt Revd Kito Pikaahu Answer

11. What was the missionary vision – colonisation or something else? By Dr Peter Lineham, Professor of History, Massey University (Albany) Answer

12. Why was Henry Williams accused of land grabbing – and did he? By Dr Alistair Reese, Pākehā Theologian-Historian Answer

13. Why did some missionaries sell muskets? By Dr Alistair Reese, Pākehā Theologian-Historian Answer

14. What is at the root of Māori falling away from the Pākehā churches? By Dr Alistair Reese, Pākehā Theologian-Historian Answer

15. What is it to be Māori and Christian? By Jade Hohaia Answer

16. What is the hope for Māori with regard to the gospel in the 21st Century? By Rev Pane Kawhia Answer

17. How do you view Māori Atua? By Rev Pane Kawhia Answer

18. What was the early Māori response to the gospel? By Rev Pane Kawhia Answer

19. Who spread the gospel? By Rev Pane Kawhia Answer

20. Why was the preaching of the gospel welcomed by Māori? By David Moko, Kaihautu – Baptist Māori Ministries Answer

21. What do you see as the future for the gospel amoung Māori? By Dr Alistair Reese, Pākehā Theologian-Historian Answer

22. Other than the many Māori and multi-cultural churches, are there new expressions of the Christian faith among Māori? By David Moko, Kaihautu – Baptist Māori Ministries Answer

23. Following the success of the missionaries effort, where did the Pākehā church then get it wrong? By Dr Peter Lineham, Professor of History, Massey University Answer

24. What caused Māori to embrace the Christian faith? By Dr Peter Lineham, Professor of History, Massey University Answer

25. What is the way forward for Māori with regard to the gospel? By Dr Peter Lineham, Professor of History, Massey University Answer

26. What was at the root of Māori falling away from the Pākehā churches? By Rev Pane Kawhia Answer

You can view the complete series of Heritage Q&A videos from our Hope Project YouTube Channel.

Hope Project YouTube Channel

Also available on this website, our Faith Q&A Collection