Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Wellington Harbour, 1841

Wellington Harbour, 1841

The purchase of Wellington by the New Zealand Company was one of a number of pre-Treaty purchases confirmed by a special commissioner, William Spain. Pre-Treaty purchases had to be confirmed before a Crown grant was issued.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-025-009
Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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How to cite this page:

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/19514/wellington-harbour-1841 (accessed 18 October 2019)

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