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Trespassing on private property

Trespassing on private property

The phrase ‘a man’s home is his castle’ came to New Zealand with common law in the 1840s. It expressed the notion that all property owners (usually then male), however modest, had a right to forbid officials or any individual from entering their house. A trespasser knowingly enters private property, which could be land as well as buildings, without the owner’s permission.

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Lewis Evans, 'Law and the economy - Setting the framework', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2022)

Story by Lewis Evans, published 11 Mar 2010