Story: Early mapping

Protesting against a survey, Pokeno

Protesting against a survey, Pokeno

This group at Pokeno, photographed some time between 1861 and 1863, are thought to be objecting to a survey. The survey was to establish the line of the Great South Road, built from Auckland into the Waikato, and seen by Māori as a threat to their sovereignty. Blocking the path of the surveyors was one tactic; others included the removal of survey pegs and surveyors’ tools.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Urquhart Album (PA1-q-250)
Reference: PA1-q-250-27-2
Photograph by William Temple

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How to cite this page:

Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Māori and maps of colonisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007