Mormon Pacific Historical Society

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Whangarei Stake Center



Whangarei, New Zealand, devotional meetings


Monsey Anaru: We have a saying in New Zealand among the Maori people, which goes something like this: Kia poto tonu te okou to paipa kie maha nai waha. Translated: we're happy to see you, extremely happy. Especially when you're handed some candy and things like that. Literally, that means: have a short stalk on your pipe to retain the warmth closer to your mouth. So, I hope that I'm not going to speak for too long. I have all my notes with me. The first meeting place in Whangarei was a street by the central Baptist Church there where the Osbourne family used to live, was a pakeha family, a haole family. That was the first family.