The huge purchases of land the New Zealand Company made from Māori in 1839 were investigated by land claims commissioner William Spain, following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. He conducted hearings, and Māori tribes were called to give evidence. This sketch by Edwin Harris shows Māori, probably Te Āti Awa, who have gathered to present their side of the story. The commissioner sits with scribes in a raupō hut with Mt Taranaki in the background.
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Puke Ariki - Taranaki Museum & Library
Wash drawing by Edwin Harris
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