Story: Papatūānuku – the land

Waiting for the land court

Waiting for the land court

A group waits for a Native Land Court hearing in the Whanganui area, in the late 1860s. Such hearings were part of a process which led to the loss of much tribal land. This loss of land destabilised Māori society, which relied on Papatūānuku (earth mother) as a foundation.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William James Harding Collection (PAColl-3042)
Reference: 1/1-000013; G
Photograph by William James Harding

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How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Papatūānuku – the land - Loss of land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 24 Sep 2007