Story: Ngā whakataunga tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi settlement process

Waitomo caves

Waitomo caves

The huge glow-worm caves at Waitomo in the King Country have been a major tourist attraction since the late 19th century. Here guide Tane Tinorau (holding a hat) accompanies a party of visitors in about 1901. He was a traditional owner of the caves, which were acquired by the government in 1911. In 1990, following a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, ownership of the caves was vested in a trust representing Tinorau's descendants and other tribal owners.

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Richard S. Hill, 'Ngā whakataunga tiriti – Treaty of Waitangi settlement process - The Waitangi Tribunal and negotiated settlements', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Apr 2023