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A Man With a Mission

opera in two acts

Year:  1991   ·  Duration:  1h 20m

Year:  1991
Duration:  1h 20m

Composer:   Gary Daverne


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An opera in two acts, based on life of Missionary John Hobbs.


It is a historic story of a young man who travels from England via Australia, in the early 1820s, to become an ordained minister and set up a Wesleyan Mission in the Hokianga, in Northland, New Zealand.

The story portrays the relationships, frustrations, conflicts and troubled times with the early settlers, the native Maori people and their Chiefs, especially Chief Te Aara, Tamati Waka Nene and Patuone.

There is his special love for his devoted wife Jane, their learning, teaching and preaching, their unjustified exile to Tonga, then his reinstatement two years later to the Wesleyan Mission in the Hokianga, culminating in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi at Horeke, in the Hokianga.

Text note

Libretto by Dorothy Tomlinson