Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Māori land loss

Māori land loss

These maps show the steady loss of Māori land in the North Island between 1860 and 1939 through confiscation and purchase. Without land, many tribes became very poor, living in crowded and unhealthy conditions that allowed disease to spread.

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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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Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Effects of colonisation on Māori', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/26591/maori-land-loss (accessed 18 June 2019)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019