Studying Crown Maori land policy and practice in the period 1869–1929, from the establishment of the Native Land Court power until the cessation of large-scale Crown purchasing by Gordon Coates, this investigation chronicles the bleak and grim tidal wave of Crown purchasing that dominated the Maori people under very difficult circumstances. While recognizing that the government purchasing of Maori land was in its own way driven by genuine, if blinkered, idealism, this work's deep research on land purchasing policy gives renewed insight on the significant politicians of the era, such as Sir Donald McLean, John Balance, and John McKenzie who were strong advocates of expanded and state-controlled land purchasing.
|Publisher:||Victoria University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Richard Boast is an associate professor of law at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including A New Zealand Legal History and Foreshore and Seabed.
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This book covers Crown Maori land policy and practice in the period 1865¿1929, and those who both bought and sold land in New Zealand. 4.2 million acres of Maori land was bought by the New Zealand government between 1890 and 1920 for around £3.5 million but many more acres were to be confiscated. Essential reading for anyone studying this topic or wishing to know more.