Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

‘Ko Tararua 5’

‘Ko Tararua 5’

This painting by John Bevan Ford shows a cloak above Tararua (Arete peak) in the Tararua range, together with the rivers that run down the slopes. It calls to mind the traditional practice where a chief would claim authority over land by laying a cloak down in a particular area.

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Hand-coloured lithograph by John Bevan Ford

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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Gift and occupation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008