Story: Land ownership

Sale of Lake Wairarapa

Sale of Lake Wairarapa

The Liberal government purchased over 2 million acres (800,000 hectares) of Māori land to sell to settlers. They also purchased Lake Wairarapa, because European farmers had complained that it periodically flooded their lands. Eventually Ngāti Kahungunu agreed to sell the lake in return for money and land in the Waikato. This gathering followed the sale, which took place outside the whare of Raukura at Papawai, near Greytown. The roof of the whare can be seen in the centre background.

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Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - The Liberals and land policy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008