Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.
A new home at Whakato for the Williams family was burned down on 7 February, 1843. Three rooms had been completed. There was only slight loss of furniture, but nearly 1,500 copies of the native New Testament were destroyed.
Between 1842 and 1863 the church services at Manutuke were held in the large meeting-house known as “Hamokorau” at Orakaiapu pa. The construction of a new church had been begun in 1851, but the natives had abandoned the work on account of exception being taken to some of the carvings which they wished to incorporate in it. Resumption became urgent in the early 1860's, as “Hamokorau” was then in a dilapidated condition. The new church was opened in 1863.