Story: Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation

‘Locked-up native and Crown lands’

This map published in the New Zealand Herald newspaper in November 1905 shows Crown and Māori land in the North Island. The advertisement claims that 3.4 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of Māori land is ‘locked up’ in Auckland province alone – land that could be converted into 17,000 new farms and homesteads for Pākehā settlers, ‘the happy homes of an industrious and prosperous rural population’.

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Reference: NZ Map 206

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How to cite this page:

Richard Boast, 'Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation - Crown and private purchasing to the 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/19536/locked-up-native-and-crown-lands (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Richard Boast, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015