Story: Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court

Repudiation movement

Repudiation movement

In the 1870s Hawke's Bay Māori became so unhappy with the results of land sales that the repudiation movement sprang up. This movement rejected further sales and leases of land, and aimed to overturn past sales and return the income to the buyers. Here repudiation movement leaders are shown with Henry Russell (seated, centre), a Hawke's Bay runholder who allied himself with their aims, although he owned large areas of land that had formerly belonged to Māori.

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Mere Whaanga, 'Te Kōti Whenua – Māori Land Court - ‘Te kōti tango whenua’, 1865–1873', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Mere Whaanga, published 20 Jun 2012