This handsome Lands and Survey Department Christmas card from 1896 shows some of the key figures in the process of surveying Māori land for sale through the Native Land Court. At left are John McKenzie, minister of lands (top), and S. Percy Smith, surveyor-general. At right is a surveyor with his theodolite (a precision instrument used in surveying). The main background image shows a surveyors' camp in the New Zealand bush.
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