Mission Station and Subsistence Farm
The previous chapter discussed the origins of the New Zealand mission and its first beginnings in the Bay of Islands. This contextualizes the establishment of the Te Puna mission, and introduced its central inhabitants and householders, John and Hannah King and their children. In Chap. 3, the historical context of Te Puna is introduced in more detail, and the dual role of the mission station and subsistence farm is discussed. The details of daily mission interaction with Maori at Rangihoua pa, and the interventions attempted in Maori cultural practices alongside Maori responses provide the evidence of the nature of cultural engagement in northern New Zealand. This is also demonstrated in the transition of the Te Puna landscape over the course of the nineteenth century, from Maori land to mission station and family farm, until toward the end of the century it was merged into a larger pastoral land holding (Middleton 2003).
European visitors first arrived at Te Puna in about...