In the early 20th century James Carroll, the native minister, aimed to slow the sale of Māori land. This was known as the 'taihoa' (wait a bit) policy and was extremely unpopular with non-Māori. The policy was seen to influence other political issues. This 1907 cartoon shows Prime Minister Joseph Ward ignoring a young female settler's request for a new wharf for Onehunga, a bigger post office for Auckland and other developments. Instead he is admiring an unfinished viaduct on the main trunk railway line, where construction had stalled due to Māori reluctance to sell land.
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