Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Land court hearing, 1860s

Land court hearing, 1860s

Whanganui Māori wait for a Native Land Court hearing, around the late 1860s. Though Māori lived in rural areas they were forced to come into towns for court hearings. Often the costs of attending the hearings ate into the value of the land that was awarded.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William James Harding Collection (PAColl-3042)
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Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Problems with the Land Court', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

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