Story: Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court

Land court hearing, 1860s

Land court hearing, 1860s

These men and women are waiting for a hearing of the Native Land Court in Whanganui, probably in the late 1860s. Until well into the 20th century most Māori lived in rural districts, while land court hearings were held in towns and cities. Claimants had to travel considerable distances to attend the hearings and then find accommodation, sometimes for long periods. The expenses they incurred sometimes exceeded the value of their lands.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court - From tribal to individual ownership, 1840–1862', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 20 Jun 2012