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||Margaret Stevenson was the first believer in New Zealand. [New Zealand Bahá'í News, May 1997]
- See 11 February, 1941 for biographical information.
- For a photo see Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- She was the first New Zealand Bahá'i, and for 10 years from 1912, the only one. When the first New Zealand Bahá'i group formed in 1924, Stevenson was elected its president. Her two sisters also joined the faith. Stevenson remained secretary of the Bahá'i Spiritual Assembly in New Zealand until her death in 1941.
||Margaret Stevenson; First Bahais by country or area
||Bertram Dewing began publication of the Bahá’í magazine Herald of the South in Auckland. [BEL174; SBR163; BWNS1289]
||Auckland; New Zealand
||Herald of the South (magazine); - Periodicals; First publications; Publications; BWNS
|1926 14 Feb
||Dust from the Tomb of Bahá'u'lláh brought back by pilgrims (including Margaret Stevenson) from the Holy land, was placed in a ceremony into the soil of New Zealand at the Stevenson's home. [Arohanui pg94]
||Margaret Stevenson; Pilgrims
|1934 15–18 May
||The first National Convention of the Bahá’ís of Australia and New Zealand was held in Sydney, with nine delegates in attendance. [SBR165]
The first National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand was elected with its seat in Sydney. [SBR165]
||Sydney; Australia; New Zealand
||Conventions, National; NSA; First conventions
||The National Assembly of Australia and New Zealand first issued its news organ, the Bahá’í Quarterly.
||Australia; New Zealand
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand incorporate. [GPB336]
||Australia; New Zealand
||NSA of Australia; NSA of New Zealand; Incorporation; Recognition
||The Australian-New Zealand teaching plan (1947–53), comprising internal goals only, is launched. [BBRSM158]
||Australia; New Zealand
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand launch a Six Year Plan (1947-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46]
||Australia; New Zealand
||Teaching Plans; Teaching Plans, National
||The National Spiritual Assembly of New Zealand was is formed.
|1977 19 – 22 Jan
||An International Teaching Conference is held in Auckland, New Zealand, attended by 1,195 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
- For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:136–7.
- For pictures see BW17:111, 122–4.
|Auckland; New Zealand; Asia-Pacific
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, International; Teaching
||The first publication of Arohanui: Letters from Shoghi Effendi to New Zealand by the Baha'i Publishing Trust in Suva, Fiji Islands. [BW18p878]
||New Zealand; Suva; Fiji
||Shoghi Effendi, Writings of; Publications
|1987 6 – 8 Feb
||Maori women hold the first National Women’s Hui in the tribal area of Ngati Tuwaretoa, New Zealand. [BINS163:8]
||Ngati Tuwaretoa; New Zealand
||Maoris; Firsts, Other; Indigenous people
||A Maoris teaching team visited British Columbia. The visit was reciprocated by The Journey of Teech-ma, the First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific. See entry for 24 March, 1997. [SDSC370]
||British Columbia; Canada; Australia; New Zealand
||First Nations; Maoris; Indigenous people; Travel teaching
|1997. 24 Mar - 16 May
||The nine member First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific, called "The Journey of Teech-ma" consisted of Canadian Bahá'ís from Kwakiutl, Nuu-Cha-Nuth, the Ojibway First Nations, a Yupik Bahá'í from Alaska and three non-Native Canadian friends. They shared their culture and their Faith with the Maori, other New Zealanders, the Aborigines and other Australians as well as the ne-Vanuatu peoples. See entry for 1994 Summer. [SDSC370]
||New Zealand; Australia; Vanuatu; Canada
||First Nations; Travel Teaching; Pacific; Maoris; Aboriginal people; Indigenous people
|2009 31 Jan – 1 Feb
||Regional Conferences held in Auckland, New Zealand and Battambang, Cambodia. [BWNS692]
||Auckland; New Zealand; Battambang; Cambodia
||Regional Conferences; BWNS
|2018 9 Sep
||Ētahi Karakia Baha’i (Book of Bahá'í Prayers) was launched at the Pūrekireki Marae in Pirongia to coincide with the beginning of Māori Language Week. For Dr. Tom Roa, professor of Maori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato, it was the fourth significant translation of canonical Bahá'í texts he and his team have undertaken. This endeavour comes amid broader efforts to revive the Maori language. Dr. Roa, who has been at the forefront of these efforts, says that Maori speakers are a declining share of New Zealand’s population. Maori people make up only 15 percent of the population, and only a fifth of them can have a conversation in Maori, he notes.
Providing access to prayers in Maori was a key motivation for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of New Zealand when it undertook the process in 2004. A small team of Bahá'ís worked with Dr. Roa, who has translated other spiritual texts into the Maori language, including the Bible and the Quran. The 14-year translation project began first with The Hidden Words, Bahá’u’lláh’s preeminent ethical work, and then Baha’u’llah and the New Era, an introduction to the Faith.
Bahá'í writings have been translated into some 800 languages to date. [BWNS1287; Raglan23 18SEP2018]
|Pirongia; New Zealand
||Etahi Karakia Bahai; Maoris; Translation; Dr Tom Roa; Z****
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- Arohanui: Letters to New Zealand, by Shoghi Effendi (1982). [about]
- Australian-New Zealand Bahá'í Connections, The, by David Brown Carr, in 75 Years of the Bahá'í Faith in Australasia (1996). History and relationship of the early Australian and New Zealand Baha'i communities, the magazine Herald of the South, and some brief biographies. [about]
- Dunn, Clara and Hyde, by Graham Hassall (2000). Biography of two early Baha'i teachers and pioneers. [about]
- Dunn, Clara and John Henry Hyde, by Graham Hassall, in The Bahá'í Encyclopedia (2009). On the couple who went to Australia in 1920 in response to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s call for worldwide expansion of the Bahá’í Faith and firmly established it in the Antipodes, designated Hands of the Cause of God by Shoghi Effendi. [about]
- Faith and Works: Maoris and the Baha'i Faith (1995). The transcript of an interview with two New Zealand Baha'is, Huti Toataua and Hedi Moani, aired by the New Zealand National Radio show "Faith and Works" (May, 1995) on "the growing relationship between the Maori community and the Baha'i Faith." [about]
- First and Finest: John Henry and Clara Hyde Dunn in Australia, by Graham Hassall, in Herald of the South (1985). Introduction of the Baha'i Faith to Australia and New Zealand. [about]
- Letters to Australia and New Zealand, by Shoghi Effendi (1971). [about]
- Messages to the Antipodes (Australasia), by Shoghi Effendi (1997). [about]
- Perfection and Refinement: Towards an Aesthetics of the Bab, by Moojan Momen, in Lights of Irfan, 12 (2011). The writings of the Bab have implications for the "plastic" arts; significance for native traditions; relevance to the performing arts; and the concept of refinement which comes across in both the person and the writings of the Báb. [about]
- References to the Bahá'í Faith in the U.S. State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, by United States Department of State (1991). Excerpts from the State Department's annual compilation of Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on discrimination against the Baha'i Faith and persecution of its adherents in twenty countries. [about]
- Special Report on Baha'i Burial vs. Maori Custom, by National Spiritual Assembly of New Zealand (1989). Special report about reconciling Baha'i burial laws with local maori customs where they conflict; includes guidance from the Universal House of Justice. [about]
- Whanau (extended family) Structures as an Innovative Intervention into Maori Educational and Schooling Crises, by Graham Hingangaroa Smith, in The Family: Our Hopes and Challenges (1995). [about]
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