Copy books of boys educated by Mr King 				of Te Puna. GNZMMSS 19, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

Copy books of boys educated by Mr King of Te Puna. GNZMMSS 19, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Copy books of boys educated by Mr King of Te Puna.

Author: Hūtāmate, Tapahika and Rangikawido [Rangikāwhiro?]
Ref No: GNZMMSS 19
Date Created: 20 February 1826

Copy books belonging to three students educated by John King of Te Puna in 1826. The students are identified as Hutamate (20 February – 9 May 1826), Tapahika (6 July – 18 August 1826) and Rangikawido [Rangikāwhiro?] (23 October – 9 January 1827).

Rangihoua, Bay of Islands was the site of Thomas Kendall’s first Māori Church Mission school which he opened on 12 August 1816 and these are the earliest known examples of Māori copy books. King’s dual educational purpose was primarily to assist students to read and write, and secondly as express in Hutamate’s copy book, "[H]Utia nga mea kino kia tupu nga mea pai i roto i toku ne[i] ngakau" – "Extract the benign to enable beneficial growth in my heart", to relay the theological teachings of Christianity, Scripture played a fundamental part in these Māori students education, as the publication, Kenehihi: Ko tetahi o nga upoko, (GNZM 5) provenance indicates as once been in the possession of Hutamate. However, we do not know what led to the punishment of Rangikāwhiro who had to write nine lines of "I am a very naughty boy" on November 9 1826.

 

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