Story: Inheritance

Certificate of title issued by the Native Land Court, 1883 (1st of 2)

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From 1865 to 1873 certificates of title for Māori land listed no more than 10 owners. From 1873 all owners were listed. This meant that some land blocks ended up having hundreds or even thousands of owners, particularly after those first listed on the title died and passed their shares to descendants. This title for D'Urville Island (Rangitoto ki te tonga) and nearby islets was issued in 1883. Read more about the Māori Land Court.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, D'Urville Island Documents
Reference: fMS-Papers-1634

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Ann Dupuis, 'Inheritance - Māori inheritance and succession', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Ann Dupuis, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 Oct 2018