Story: Chatham Islands

Native Land Court, Waitangi (1st of 2)

Native Land Court, Waitangi

In 1868, 1870 and 1872 the Native Land Court held hearings on the Chatham Islands to establish titles to land in accordance with New Zealand law. The courthouse is in the centre of this photograph. The operation of the ‘1840 rule’ meant that those in occupation of land in 1840 had the greatest claim to it. Moriori, who had been displaced from their land by Māori a few years earlier, were disadvantaged in the hearings.

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Canterbury Museum, Bassett Collection
Reference: 1947.229.5
Photograph by Alfred Martin

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Rhys Richards, 'Chatham Islands - Chatham Islands from the 1860s to the 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2024)

Story by Rhys Richards, updated 1 May 2015