Story: Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state

Ahipara Native Land Court

Ahipara Native Land Court

These Far-North Māori are attending a hearing of the Ahipara Native Land Court, held in the building in the background. To claim rights to their tribal lands, Māori had to attend the court in person. This often meant travelling long distances and finding accommodation for months on end. The conduct and decisions of the court prompted lasting grievances among Māori.

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Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, 'Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state - Containing Māori opposition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37444/ahipara-native-land-court (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 22 Aug 2016