Story: Veterans’ assistance

New Zealand war veteran's land grant

Zoom in to read details of this 1867 land grant. It awards Private James White, of the 4th Waikato militia, an acre (0.4 hectares) of land in Hamilton East. As well as this 'town acre', Private White was probably eligible for a grant of 50 acres (20 hectares) of farmland. All of this land had been confiscated by the government from the Māori tribes White and his fellow troops had been fighting. From the late 20th century these confiscations were the subject of Māori claims under the Treaty of Waitangi, although the government ruled that privately owned land could not form a part of any settlement. In 1995 the Tainui people of the Waikato district were awarded a settlement valued at $170 million, including cash and Crown land.

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Mark Derby, 'Veterans’ assistance - Economic rehabilitation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/31962/new-zealand-war-veterans-land-grant (accessed 26 April 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012