The town of Paihia, within the inner reaches of the Bay of Islands, experienced growth at the hands of the Church Missionary Society. A mission was established in 1823, which led to the creation of the country's first printing press in 1835. The mission closed in 1850.
1825 · The Battle of Te Ika-a-ranga-nui
The Battle of Te Ika-a-ranga-nui was sparked by the murder of Koriwhai of the Ngapuhi tribe by members of both the Ngati Whatua and Ngati Maru tribes. Over 1000 men fought, 700 of which lost their lives. Because of this Battle, many of the Maori tribes stopped eating people because of respect for their fallen neighbors.