Ko te katekihama III. Kerikeri, N.Z. : Printed at the Church Mission Press, 1830. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

Ko te katekihama III. Kerikeri, N.Z. : Printed at the Church Mission Press, 1830. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

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Ko te katekihama III

Ref No: GNZM 7
Date Created: 1830

Predating William Colenso’s earliest pamphlets by nearly half a decade, this six-page catechism was the first work printed in New Zealand.

William Yate (1802-77) was apprenticed in his early teens to a grocer in his native Shropshire, but instead of settling for an uneventful career in retail he joined the Church Missionary Society as a young man and sailed for New Zealand. He learned Te Reo Māori and helped fellow missionaries William Williams and William Puckey to prepare translations of religious text. In 1830 he travelled to Sydney to supervise the printing of these translation in one volume.

Yate took a small printing press back with him when he returned to the Bay of Islands and used it to produce a version of the third catechism in Māori, Ko te katekihama III. With only a fortnight’s training as a printer in Sydney, however, he found the task exasperatingly difficult and attempted nothing further on his press.

There are only two surviving copies, one in our Sir George Grey Special Collections, and the other at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

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