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.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

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

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Crown pre-emption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 June 2023)

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