Story: Wairarapa places

Gifting the lakes

Gifting the lakes

In January 1896, Ngāti Kahungunu gifted Lakes Wairarapa and Ōnoke to the Crown. Here the tribe signs over the title deed. In return the Crown paid them £2,000 and set aside an inadequate land reserve in Waikato.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Wairarapa lakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015