Story: Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court

Department of Lands and Survey, 1896

Department of Lands and Survey, 1896

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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Mere Whaanga, 'Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court - Surveying and other costs, 1880–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 20 Jun 2012