Graduate Thesis Or Dissertation
An Historical Study of Native Beliefs and British Policies In New Zealand During The Time of The Maori Nars : Ha.u-Hauism, 1863-1868 Public Deposited
The problem with which this thesis deals is that of the efforts of the Maori of New Zealand to develop a new religion for themselves after the destruction of their ancient beliefs through white contact. In addition, the thesis attempts to indicate the effects of these efforts—resulted in Hau-Hauism and later in the Ringatu Church— on British military and political policies. In so dosing the writer has traced the efforts of the Maori to replace his old Atua with the new god, has indicated the five basic causes of the rise of Hau-Hauism, has prepared the only integrated statement of Hau-Hau doctrine, and has set the activities of the members of this faith into the scope of the Maori War of 1863 to 1868.
Through the use of documents hitherto unavailable to European scholars the writer has further attempted to indicate that Te Kooti Rikirangi, founder of the Ringatu Church, was not, as it commonly believed an Hau-Hau; that Has-Hauism was originally founded by Te Ua Haumene as a peak movement and became a military organization against his wishes; and that the influence of Christianity was to promote rather than retard the Hau-Hau uprising. The Maori people attempted to accept the process of this modification of ancient beliefs through Christian doctrine, together with the utilization of hitherto unavailable documents, constitutes the chief significance of the thesis.
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