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books without charge. Excerpt: While the first mention of the
Baha'i Faith in New Zealand was in 1853 continuous contact began
around 1904 when one individual after another came in contact with
Baha'is and some of them published articles in print media in New
Zealand as early as 1908. The first Baha'i in the Antipodes was
Dorothea Spinney who had just arrived from New York in Auckland in
1912. Shortly thereafter there were two converts about 1913 -
Robert Felkin who had met Abdu'l-Baha in London in 1911 and moved
to New Zealand in 1912 and is considered a Baha'i by 1914 and
Margaret Stevenson who first heard of the religion in 1911 and by
her own testimony was a Baha'i in 1913. After Abdu'l-Baha wrote the
Tablets of the Divine Plan which mentions New Zealand the community
grew quickly so that the first Baha'i Local Spiritual Assembly of
the country was attempted in 1923 or 1924 and then succeeded in
1926. The Baha'is of New Zealand elected their first independent
National Spiritual Assembly in 1957. By 1963 there were four
Assemblies, and 18 localities with smaller groups of Baha'is. The
2006 census reports about 2800 Baha'is in some 45 local assemblies
and about 20 smaller groups of Baha'is though the Association of
Religion Data Archives estimated there were some 7000 Baha'is in
2005. The first mention of the religion probably was a report in an
Auckland newspaper in February 1853. Following this initial mention
of incidents related to the religion there were several contacts
between New Zealanders and Baha'is at the beginning of the 20th
century. New Zealander Wilhelmina Sheriff Bain may have met Sarah
Jane Farmer, a notable Baha'i in the United States, (see Green
Acre) in 1904. Whomever her contact was, Bain authored a
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