Story: Wellington region

Land march

Land march

In the early 1970s, growing Māori anger over land alienation led to activism. In the 1975 hīkoi (‘stepping out’), protesters marched from Northland to Wellington to ask the government to halt further losses of Māori land. Here they walk past Porirua towards their final destination, Parliament.

In the same year, the government set up the Waitangi Tribunal to investigate breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi that had been detrimental to Māori. The Tribunal’s work is ongoing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1975/4333/21-F

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How to cite this page:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - New growth and attitudes: 1940–1975', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015