Story: Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori

Donald McLean, 1863

Donald McLean, 1863

Government land agent Donald McLean is one of the men standing in the left foreground in this 1863 drawing depicting a meeting of settlers and Māori at a near Napier, Hawke's Bay, where McLean was then living. A fluent speaker of Māori, McLean had been a sub-protector of aborigines in the mid-1840s. He later became the government's chief land purchase commissioner and native secretary. He represented Napier in Parliament from 1866, and became native minister in 1869.

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Mark Derby, 'Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori - A new colony, 1840s to 1850s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012