Story: Land ownership

Māori land in the North Island, 1860–1939

Māori land in the North Island, 1860–1939

These maps show the progressive transfer of Māori land in the North Island to either government or private European ownership. In the early 1860s, while most of the South Island had been sold, most North Island land remained under Māori control. European ownership had only advanced substantially in the Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Auckland. Over the next 30 years, as confiscations and the impact of the Māori Land Court took effect, Māori lost land throughout the island. By 1910 only the East Coast and the centre of the North Island had substantial Māori land holdings. By 1939 even these isolated patches had been further reduced.

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Source: Claudia Orange, Illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 2001, pp. 318-319

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How to cite this page:

Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Māori and land ownership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/17888/maori-land-in-the-north-island-1860-1939 (accessed 7 December 2019)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008