William Yate

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William Yate
Born(1802-11-03)3 November 1802
Died26 July 1877(1877-07-26) (aged 74)
Dover, England
NationalityBritish
OccupationMissionary

William Yate (3 November 1802 – 26 July 1877) was one of the earliest New Zealand missionaries and writers who worked for the Church Mission Society. He was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England in 1802. He joined the Church Missionary Society and entered the Church Missionary Society College, Islington, London, in 1825. He was ordained as a deacon of the (Anglican) Church of England on 18 December 1825, and priest on 21 May 1826. Yate learned the Māori language and had Christian texts printed in Sydney for his work.[1]

The Revd. Yate arrived in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand on 19 January 1828 on Herald.[2][3]

The Revd. Yate took a small printing press with him to the Bay of Islands and used it to produce a version of the third catechism in Māori, Ko te katihama III. With only a fortnight's training as a printer in Sydney, New South-Wales, however, he found the task exasperatingly difficult and attempted nothing further on his press.[4]

In 1930 during Yate's stay in Sydney, he supervised the printing of an edition of 550 copies of a translations of the first three chapters of the Book of Genesis; the first eight chapters of the Gospel according to St. Matthew; the first four chapters of the Gospel according to St. John; the first six chapters of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians; parts of the Liturgy and Catechism.[5]

In 1830 he was appointed to lead Te Waimate mission,[6][7] however his personal life became a matter of controversy and he was dismissed from the CMS in June 1834.[8]

Publications[edit]

  • Yate, William (1835). An Account of New Zealand: And of the Formation and Progress of the Church Missionary Society's Mission in the Northern Island. R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside.
  • Yate, William (1843). A letter to the Committee of the Church Missionary Society. John Sydenham, Poole & Bournemouth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Binney, Judith. "William Yate". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Appendix IV - The Herald (H. Williams, Journal, 19 January 1828)". Williams, H. The Early Journals of Henry Williams, p. 479-494. 1961. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  3. ^ Yate, William (1835). An Account of New Zealand: And of the Formation and Progress of the Church Missionary Society's Mission in the Northern Island. R.B. Seeley and W. Burnside.
  4. ^ Sharp, Iain (2007). Real gold : treasures of Auckland City Libraries. Auckland University Press.
  5. ^ "The Missionary Register". Early New Zealand Books (ENZB), University of Auckland Library. 1831. pp. 67–68. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The Missionary Register". Early New Zealand Books (ENZB), University of Auckland Library. 1836. pp. 213–215. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  7. ^ Bedggood, W.E. (1971). Brief History of St John Baptist Church Te Waimate. News, Kaikohe.
  8. ^ Judith, Binney (1 September 2010). "Yate, William – Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 September 2011.