Story: Te reo Māori – the Māori language

Native Land Court

Native Land Court

During proceedings of the Native Land Court, Māori often spoke in te reo Māori, while the minutes were written in English. This group is arriving for a meeting of the court on 23 January 1925 at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury, to hear claims regarding Ngāi Tahu land sales. Those pictured include Hēnare Whakatau Uru, MP for Southern Māori; Chief Judge Robert Noble Jones, president of the court; H. Kahene, interpreter and clerk of the court; and J. Topi, member of the Legislative Council.

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Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, 'Te reo Māori – the Māori language - The spread of English, 1840s to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Basil Keane, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2015