Story: Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption

Native Land Court, Palmerston North

Native Land Court, Palmerston North

Māori gather in the Square, Palmerston North, for a Native Land Court sitting, around 1881. As well as dealing with Māori land, the court also played a role in confirming whāngai, who were required to be registered with the court from 1901 onwards.

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Palmerston North City Library
Reference: 2008N_Tw2-7_TWH_1921

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Basil Keane, 'Whāngai – customary fostering and adoption - Whāngai and the law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31037/native-land-court-palmerston-north (accessed 17 October 2017)

Story by Basil Keane, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017