Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

Te Rauparaha approaches Kaiapoi

Te Rauparaha approaches Kaiapoi

Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha and his war fleet head for Kaiapoi, in a drawing by William Menzies Gibb. Ngāti Toa led a number of raids on land in the South Island, and in some areas claimed land on the basis of raupatu (conquest). This type of right always needed to be accompanied by occupation.

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Ink drawing by William Gibb

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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Discovery, ancestral right and conquest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008