This series of drawings by an unknown Māori artist shows an act of muru, or compensation for wrongdoing, in the Waikato. The first drawing shows members of a visiting tribe, Ngāti Koraki, being greeted by the host tribe, Pārāwera. After eating and discussing in front of the meeting house, the visitors produce horses as payment for the misdeed committed by one of their members. The custom of muru was recognised by the 1844 Native Exemption Ordinance. This was an example of colonial government taking account of the much greater economic and political strength of Māori at that time.
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