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Land purchased from Ngāi Tahu

Land purchased from Ngāi Tahu

This map, a copy of the original by Charles Heaphy, shows the extent of H. T. Kemp’s purchase on behalf of the Crown of 20 million acres of the South Island, negotiated between the Crown and the Ngāi Tahu tribe in 1848. It also shows the Ōtākou purchase (four years earlier) and the sale of Banks Peninsula to the French. The boundaries, particularly the northern and western ones, have been the subject of much subsequent debate. Although Kemp was meant to survey off the boundaries and reserves at the time of the sale, he did not, and Walter Mantell was charged with doing this the following year.

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Māori and maps of colonisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007