Story: Law of the foreshore and seabed

Māori in the Kaipara

Māori in the Kaipara

When Kaipara Māori demanded rent for the use of a shellfish bed in 1855, settlers resisted in the belief that the seabed was public land. In this watercolour of the Kaipara Harbour (in Northland) by William Fox, painted nine years later, Ngāti Whātua are clearly using the harbour for their own activities.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Watercolour by William Fox

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Mark Hickford, 'Law of the foreshore and seabed - The English legal tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Mark Hickford, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2015