Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Southern purchases of Māori land

This map shows the vast areas of land sold to Europeans in the South Island between 1844 and 1860. Almost the entire island was purchased, but promises to Ngāi Tahu of reserves were not honoured.

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Source: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1865, G-3.

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Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Crown pre-emption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/19518/southern-purchases-of-maori-land (accessed 7 August 2020)

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