Story: Te Āti Awa of Taranaki
This law, passed in December 1863, allowed for the confiscation of land – without compensation – from any North Island tribe said to be ‘in rebellion against Her Majesty’s authority’. Under the provisions of this act Te Āti Awa lost all their Taranaki lands. The short title of the act, ‘New Zealand Settlements’, referred to the intention to introduce new settlers onto the lands, but it somewhat disguised its real purpose which was confiscation.
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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1863, pp. 19–23.
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