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RATANA, NEW ZEALAND -- JANUARY 25: The Ratana Church Marching band leads various speakers and visitors between the Ratana Marae and the church for services during the annual birthday celebrations for the founder, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana. ..From Wikipedia:.The Ratana movement is a M?ori religion and pan-tribal political movement founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana in early 20th century New Zealand. The Ratana Church has its headquarters at the settlement of Ratana, near Wanganui...In 1918, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana saw a vision, which he regarded as divinely inspired, asking him to preach the gospel to the M?ori people, to destroy the power of the tohunga and to cure the spirits and bodies of his people. Until 1924, he preached to increasingly large numbers of M?ori, and T.W. Ratana established a name for himself as the "M?ori Miracle Man". Initially, the movement was seen as a Christian revival but it soon moved away from mainstream churches. On 31 May 1925, Te Haahi Ratana (The Ratana Church) was formally established as a separate church, with its founder acknowledged as Te Mangai or the mouthpiece of God...Contact: ..Wiremu Meremere, Church Secretary.haahiratana@nettel.net.nz..Photo By Amy Toensing _________________________________

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RATANA, NEW ZEALAND -- JANUARY 25: The Ratana Church Marching band leads various speakers and visitors between the Ratana Marae and the church for services during the annual birthday celebrations for the founder, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana. ..From Wikipedia:.The Ratana movement is a M?ori religion and pan-tribal political movement founded by Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana in early 20th century New Zealand. The Ratana Church has its headquarters at the settlement of Ratana, near Wanganui...In 1918, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana saw a vision, which he regarded as divinely inspired, asking him to preach the gospel to the M?ori people, to destroy the power of the tohunga and to cure the spirits and bodies of his people. Until 1924, he preached to increasingly large numbers of M?ori, and T.W. Ratana established a name for himself as the "M?ori Miracle Man". Initially, the movement was seen as a Christian revival but it soon moved away from mainstream churches. On 31 May 1925, Te Haahi Ratana (The Ratana Church) was formally established as a separate church, with its founder acknowledged as Te Mangai or the mouthpiece of God...Contact: ..Wiremu Meremere, Church Secretary.haahiratana@nettel.net.nz..Photo By Amy Toensing _________________________________<br />
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