From 1865 the Native Land Court (later the Māori Land Court) facilitated the sale of Māori land to government and private buyers. By 1908 less than 20% of the north was in Māori control. This photograph of a sitting of the Māori Land Court at Ahipara was taken in the late 19th century.
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