Māori land loss, 1860-2000


These maps chart the loss of Māori land (shaded blue) in the North Island between 1860 and 2000. The Crown and the New Zealand Company had purchased nearly 99% of the South Island by 1865. For details, see the Ngāi Tahu land claim and Māori land loss: South Island (Te Ara).

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15 comments have been posted about Māori land loss, 1860-2000

What do you know?

Jamie M

Posted: 27 Apr 2023

Peggy - did you scroll through all the maps? The last one shows that not all land was lost. Note the blue shows land still in Māori ownership - the first one shows the situation in 1860.

Peggy McConnell

Posted: 25 Jan 2023

This map shows that all of our Maori land in the East Cape area has been lost. Not true! The whole of that area is Maori land. Go have a look at Maori Land Online.

Jamie M

Posted: 20 Oct 2022

Published in 2007


Posted: 17 Jun 2022

when was this article published please. Thankyou JR

MissAna_ Mangakaaretū Marae

Posted: 05 Mar 2021

My great great great grandpa is George Grey. Thanks to his infidelities and lust for my Great Great Great Grandmother, we have land in Pūtaruru that doesn't belong to us was gifted to Her for His affections towards Her. It was won/stolen after the battle with King Tāwhiao.

I'd very much like to put things right.
It is within my power to do so, so here I am... Doing some research of my own to get a better understanding. My Grandmother is still alive, She is an absolute shareholder for the majority of the land in Pūtaruru.

diane hart

Posted: 06 Aug 2013

We are children of mereana Te Moananui (Heart) our mum passed away 8/7/2005 and lefted us children some land north island
and south island we would like to have information on what land has been sold and who too and why
We also like information if there is still land who's leasing and where the lease money going
Who's paying rates on the land in qustion. How can we get access the paper work
Thank you for your time
Lynn hart and diane hart
You can concect us on our phones or addresses
Lynn hart
108 laurie lane
Thames 3500

Diane hart
1308 jellicoe street
Hastings 4122
0210635197 or 065610911


Posted: 09 Oct 2012

pretty good resource

Jonathon Hughes

Posted: 01 Nov 2011

hey i have a question how much land did the maori have before 1860? Cheers Big J


Posted: 19 Sep 2008

Not sure if this helps, but in the DNZB essay on Te Hapuku (click here to see this) it says: Te Hapuku may have joined in the campaign to punish Ngati Raukawa and its Rangitane allies for their attack on Hawke's Bay, in which the mother of Kurupo Te Moananui had been killed. It is recorded that he consumed part of the body of the son of Te Hirawanu Kaimokopuna. One of the prisoners taken was a female cousin of Te Hirawanu; Te Hapuku took her to wife; their son was Watene Te Hapuku. Jamie


Posted: 19 Sep 2008

I am inquiring about a woman called whakarongo she lived in the manawatu area Palmerston North. She was born about 1795 and she was kidnapped round about the 1820,s. and taken up north. She later returned to the manawatu area after christianity was introduced. She had a brother called Hirawanu Kaimokopuna whom was a chief of the Rangitane people and he was considered by William Colenso as the great chief of the upper part and the lower part of the manawatu river.