Gifts of tribal land to the Church: what happens when the tribe wants the land back?



In the first two decades of British rule there were a large number of land transactions in many parts of the country whereby Maori gifted pieces of land to Church authorities so that their children could receive an education from missionary ministers or teachers. This paper discusses how the church obtained title and the Crowns part in the transfer of land, and looks at what happened if no school was built, could Maori claim return of these lands, and tribal nature of Maori landholding.

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Primary author: Williams, David V.

Author biography: Pākehā

Publisher: David V Williams

Publication format: Speech

Publication date:

Publication place: Auckland

Publication availability: Yes

Publication location: Treaty Resource Centre

Catalog reference: 333.1 WIL – Filing Cabinet

Misc. notes: For biography on David Williams:

Content type: History

Sector: Church, Education – tertiary

Informal group: Māori

Culture related topics: Concept of culture

General related topics: Colonisation, Equity/justice/fairness, First Peoples’ rights

Historical period: 20th

Resources: Land