Story: Land ownership

Foreign ownership of Young Nick's Head

In the 2000s there was considerable discussion and concern, especially among the Māori community, about the overseas ownership of significant or historical land. A particularly intense debate occurred in 2002 when an American wished to buy Young Nick's Head (in Māori, Te Kurī-a-Pāoa), which was significant to Pākehā because it was named by British explorer James Cook after the first member of his crew to see New Zealand, and to Māori because it was named by Pāoa, the captain of the Horouta canoe. This video clip captures the strength of local feeling.

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Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Foreign ownership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008