Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

William Wakefield

William Wakefield

William Wakefield was responsible for a number of pre-Treaty purchases by the New Zealand Company which were drawn up at Port Nicholson (Wellington Harbour). This sketch shows him at his 1826 trial for assisting his brother Edward Gibbon Wakefield in the abduction of a young woman.

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Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Pre-Treaty transactions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/19513/william-wakefield (accessed 18 October 2019)

Story by Richard Boast, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015