Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates

Registration number
: 29


Year of registration: 2018

Location: Kerikeri Mission Station, New Zealand
Image: Waiata Slate

Further information: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga on behalf of the Crown and Ngāpuhi

The Kerikeri Mission Te Reo Slates have outstanding rarity value as the only known slates with te reo Māori writing of this era on them and being representative of the development of early Māori literacy.

They belong to a time of transformation in New Zealand’s earliest bicultural history – the interaction between Māori and missionaries.  They pre-date, by around 10 years, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which formalised the birth of a nation.

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Watch Andrew Coleman, Chief Executive, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, talk about the slates.