Story: Waikato tribes

Māori land ownership, 1860 (1st of 2)

Māori land ownership, 1860

This map, prepared for the unpublished New Zealand centennial historical atlas in the 1940s, shows in red the land purchased by Europeans by 1860. It reveals how at this stage very little land in the Waikato area was in European ownership. This situation was soon to change dramatically. Following the Waikato war of 1863–64, vast areas of land were taken by the government in retribution.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Centennial Historical Atlas Collection
Reference: MapColl-CHA-6/2/3-Acc.38312

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato tribes - War and its aftermath', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017