Story: Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court

Confiscated lands, 1869

Zoom in on this 1869 Defence Office map to view details of the main areas of land confiscated from Māori (shown inside the blue boundary lines) after the New Zealand wars of the 1860s. Smaller parcels of land outside the blue lines were also confiscated. The Native Land Court was given special powers to investigate the land claims of Māori who had taken part in the wars. Many of the subsequent confiscations were later found to be unjustified. Some confiscated land was returned, but not always to the right owners.

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Auckland City Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZ Map 471

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How to cite this page:

Mere Whaanga, 'Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court - ‘Te kōti tango whenua’, 1865–1873', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 20 Jun 2012