Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

Ngā take whenua

Ngā take whenua

This manuscript by Ngāti Porou leader Rāpata Wahawaha sets out 28 different take whenua, or principles relating to land ownership. Ultimately, these can be boiled down to a handful.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Elsdon Best Collection
Reference: MS-Papers 0072-39E

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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Take whenua – principles of land-use rights', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008