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New Zealand hymnody

See also ‘New Zealand hymnbooks’*. The history of New Zealand Pakeha (non-Maori) hymnology begins on Christmas Day, 1841, with a service of worship conducted in the presence of a largely Maori congregation by the Reverend Samuel Marsden (1765-1838) representing the Church of England’s Church Missionary Society. Marsden himself led the singing of Psalm 100, to Loys Bourgeois*’ tune known in England as the OLD HUNDREDTH. The Anglican presence in the new colony-to-be was followed by the arrival of Wesleyan missionaries in 1822, Catholic priests in 1838, and the Presbyterians in 1840. The first Presbyterian service, conducted on a beach at Petone, Wellington, began with Philip Doddridge*’s hymn...

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