Author(s): Bronwyn Elsmore
The arrival of European missionaries in New Zealand had an immeasurable impact on M&a¯ori society. Like Them That Dream tells the intriguing story of early interaction between M&a¯ori and missionary, leading to the many distinctive responses to the arrival of Christianity. The book's first two parts consider how the Christian word was spread and how M&a¯ori responded, explaining the identification they felt with the Israelites of the Old Testament. The third part relates the rise of indigenous religious movements, from the early Papahurihia through Pai Marire, Ringatu and the Parihaka Movement, and the later incarnations of the Arowhenua Movement in the South Island and what remains today's leading M&a¯ori church, Ratana.