Story: Take whenua – Māori land tenure

Whakapapa of Te Meihana Tākihi

This whakapapa (genealogy) was given by Te Meihana Tākihi when claiming land at Pakōwhai in Hawke’s Bay in 1889. Te Meihana noted that he had rights to the land through ancestry, occupation, gift and conquest. He showed that he was descended from Hāwea, who had inherited rights through Tāraia. Whakapapa was important in the Native Land Court to illustrate take tupuna (ancestral rights).

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Spencer William von Sturmer Notes on Native Land Courts
Reference: qMS-1936

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Paul Meredith, 'Take whenua – Māori land tenure - Discovery, ancestral right and conquest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2021)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 24 Nov 2008