Rev. William Richard Wade
Mrs Sarah Wade, Sarah Elizabeth Wade
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands, Tauranga
Source: Waitangi Tribunal, Carey College website
Details: Born in England in 1802 , he may have been the first Baptist in New Zealand. Rev. William Wade and his wife Sarah came to the Bay of Islands in 1834, as part of the CMS mission. He was the Superintendant of the Mission Press.
They and Philip King occupied the Elms Mission Station in Tauranga in 1835, remaining there until 1836.
The Wades returned to Paihia for several years then travelled to Australia. Three children, William- 1835, Thomas N- 1837, and Sarah Elizabeth- 1839, were born in New Zealand, six more in Australia.
William Wade visited the Kaipara in 1838 and stayed at the village of Kaihu, fifteen miles inland which was thirty miles or more down the river. He described the rich kauri forests of the northern Kaipara which grew in grand masses and field of a wheat being harvested there. He also visited the Wesleyan mission station at Tangiteroria where a weather-boarded mission house had been erected.
Elms Mission Station, Tauranga. Historic Places Trust.
Rev. W R Wade wrote A Journey in the Northern Island of New Zealand