Story: Ngā whakataunga tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi settlement process

Māori population, 1841–2013

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This graph shows the dramatic changes in the Māori population after the arrival of Europeans. The sharp decline in numbers in the 19th century made it much more difficult for Māori to continue asserting their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi. This led to further grievances that the treaty settlement process was later required to address.

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Source: Ian Pool, Te iwi Māori: a New Zealand population, past, present and projected. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1991; Statistics New Zealand

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Richard S. Hill, 'Ngā whakataunga tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi settlement process - Origins of the settlement process', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012