Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Ngāi Tahu deed of sale

Ngāi Tahu deed of sale

Historian Harry Evison looks at a deed of sale recording a purchase of land from Ngāi Tahu chiefs. In early land sales, rangatira drew their moko (facial tattoo) on the document as signatures.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/4173/12
Photograph by Phil Reid

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Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Crown pre-emption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Richard Boast, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015