Story: Law of the foreshore and seabed

Auckland waterfront, 1864

Auckland waterfront, 1864

While Māori customary rights to dry land were recognised by European settlers and governments, their rights to the foreshore and seabed were not. Settlers proceeded to develop the foreshore for wharves, as here in Auckland, without attention to Māori traditional use of the shore. This view is from Albert and Hobson streets, looking north to Mt Victoria.

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Photograph by James D. Richardson

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Mark Hickford, 'Law of the foreshore and seabed - Māori rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Mark Hickford, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2015