Story: Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court

Māori land alienation: South Island, 1844–64 (2nd of 2)

Click on the buttons to view the extent of Māori land alienation in the South Island. Over 20 years in the mid-19th century, almost the entire South Island passed out of Māori ownership. The bulk of this land was bought by the Crown before the Native Land Court was set up. The terms of sale included Crown promises to provide South Island Māori with schools, hospitals, land reserves and other benefits. However, these promises were not honoured.

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

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Mere Whaanga, 'Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court - From tribal to individual ownership, 1840–1862', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 20 Jun 2012