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Native Land Court Day

Native Land Court Day, Ahipara, Far North, New Zealand.
Native Land Court Day, Ahipara, Far North, New Zealand. 1900, Photographer unknown, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Taafe Collection, 1/2-026780-F).

New Zealand's Native Land Court (later called the Maori Land Court) was established in 1865 to encourage Maori to sell their land to private buyers – usually the Crown.

As Maori land was often communally owned, the Native Land Court's role was to transfer the land into individual titles.

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