Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

Treaty of Waitangi

This is the original Treaty of Waitangi, signed on 6 February 1840. The third article of the Treaty, when translated into English, provided for Crown pre-emption, which meant that Māori could sell land only to the Crown.

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How to cite this page:

Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Crown pre-emption', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/19515/treaty-of-waitangi (accessed 7 August 2020)

Story by Richard Boast, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015