Story: Te ture – Māori and legislation

Land taken for public works

Land taken for public works

The port of Tauranga was built at Mt Maunganui in the early 1950s on 96 acres (39 hectares) of Māori land that the government took under the Public Works Act. The government made partial payment to the owners 10 years later, and onsold surplus land at prices up to 10 times higher than it had paid.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Whites Aviation Collection
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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ture – Māori and legislation - Administering Māori land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36543/land-taken-for-public-works (accessed 21 May 2019)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012