Last updated: 2 June 2009

Maori Land Court

Collection | Ref # A9 | Held by Far North Regional Museum/Te Ahu Heritage

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Maori Land Court


Maori Land Court

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8 volumes

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The Native Land Act of 1862 abolished the Crown's right of pre-emption (on land sales), provided for the individualisation of land titles (previously held collectively by tribes) and established the Native Land Courts to ascertain these titles.

The Native Land Courts (later called Maori Land Courts) began in 1865. Their Minute Books provide a record of post 1865 alienation and fragmentation of Maori Land. The passing of a block through the court often produced a detailed account of tribal history and whakapapa as Maori sought to prove their ownership, particularly during the early years when large blocks were taken through the court for the first time.

These volumes contain extracts from the Northern Minute Books, pertaining to our area.

A9 /1 Book I 1865-1882

A9 /2

A9 /3 Book IV 1880-1889

A9 /4 Book XII 1893-1896

A9 /5

A9 /6 Book XVII 1896

A9 /7

A9 /8 Book XVIII 1898-1900

Northern Minute Books

Dates covered:

1865 - 1900

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Format if not original:


Location of original:

Justice Dept., Whangarei.

Finding aids:

Book I indexed by district

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