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NCEA Level Three - Maori and Missions
The NCEA Level 3 paper on Early missions and Maori-Missionary contact in Aotearoa/New Zealand asks you to include primary source material in your research.
Primary source material relating to New Zealand missionary topics can be:
- Original hand-written letters and diaries of missionaries (usually quite hard to read, and make sense of). If you want to use this sort of primary source, you will need to start by using secondary sources (i.e.: writings about the missionary such as biography) to understand what he/she was doing at different dates, so that you know where to look in a hand written journal.
- Published transcripts of missionary letters and journals. This is a much easier place to start, and you will get the same information as in the handwritten original.
- Eye-witness accounts which are written in someone else’s journal or letters, or published in a newspaper. You will not find any newspapers for the early mission period though.
- Digitised copies of some of the letters and journals which can be found on the internet.
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