Missionaries arrived in NZ, 1814, spreading Christianity peacefully.

Samuel Marsden, key figure, taught Māori agriculture for conversions.

Māori missionaries freed slaves, gained converts to Christianity.

Slave Piripi Taumata-ā-Kura became influential missionary.

NZ missionaries traveled abroad, spreading Christianity in China, South America.

March 5 celebrates Arrival of First Missionaries in New Zealand.

Early missionaries educated, influential, and often doubled as teachers.