Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Letter about 10 owners rule

The politician William Hughes Field wrote this letter about difficulties caused by the requirement to have no more than 10 owners on a certificate of title. He notes how this was unfair to the 11th owner. The ’10 owners rule’ introduced in the Native Lands Act 1865 was abolished in 1873.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. H. Field Collection
Reference: 73-128-089

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Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - The Native Land Court in practice', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

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