Te Waimate Mission – New Zealand’s second oldest building narrates a story of missionary activities interlaced with farming and architecture nineteenth century practices.
Set in the rolling farmland of Northland the site is perhaps one of the earliest areas for farming livestock in New Zealand. The mission station is fascinating with its large collection of farm tools, equipment and carpentry tools located in the former attic. The house is austere and reflects the style of the church missionaries with their pioneering zeal to convert Maori to their interpretation of the good life.
The chimney bricks in the fireplace are worth a second look as you can observe the marks of convict Australian labour (bricks imported from the Sydney colony). There were scandals and stories of resilience and fortitude as well as needless sacrifice. The church buildings and gardens are worth an inspection. Charles Darwin visited the mission in 1835.
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