Story: Taupori Māori – Māori population change

Alienation of Māori land: North Island (1st of 2)

Alienation of Māori land: North Island

The alienation of Māori land had chronic effects on Māori population health. In any given region land loss was followed by a significant increase in child mortality rates that took decades to reverse. The life expectation of a newborn Māori girl in the 1880s was in the low 20s; that of a Pākehā girl was in the mid-50s. This map shows the gradual alienation of Māori land in the North Island.

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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 and Tahu Kukutai, 'Taupori Māori – Māori population change - Decades of despair, 1840–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Ian Pool and Tahu Kukutai, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2018