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Buying the Land Selling the Land: Governments and Maori Land in the North Island 1865-1921

Buying the Land Selling the Land: Governments and Maori Land in the North Island 1865-1921
  

A study of Crown Maori land policy and practice in the period 1869-1929, from the establishment of the Native Land Court power until the cessation by Gordon Coates of large-scale Crown purchasing. In these years the main function of the Native Department was to purchase Maori lan... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780864735614
Barcode 9780864735614
Published 14 March 2008 by Victoria University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Author(s) By Boast, Richard
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ISBN-13 9780864735614
ISBN-10 0864735618
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Victoria University Press
Imprint Victoria University Press
Publication Date 14 March 2008
International Publication Date 1 June 2008
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Author(s) By Boast, Richard
Category Award Winning
History
Australasian & Pacific History
Indigenous Peoples
Central Government Policies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
Pasifika
Australian
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 500
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 933g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Government purchasing of real property - New Zealand - North Island - History, Maori (New Zealand people) - Land tenure - New Zealand - North Island - History, Land tenure - New Zealand - North Island - History, Maori (New Zealand people) - Government policy - New Zealand - North Island - History, Ahi ka
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 346.93104320899944209034
Catalogue Code 66818

Description of this Book

This book is a study of Crown Maori land policy and practice in the period 1869-1929, from the establishment of the Native Land Court power until the cessation by Gordon Coates of large-scale Crown purchasing. In the intervening period virtually the main function of the Native Department was to purchase Maori land, and, to the extent that the New Zealand state had a Maori policy, the focus was on acquisition of Maori land in the interests of closer settlement. Locked into complex legal structures which prevented them from turning their assets into capital and thus increasing their value, many Maori took the only realistic option available, and sold. The story the book tells is in many ways a bleak and grim one of a tidal wave of Crown purchasing crashing over a people who were in very difficult circumstances. Yet it is important to recognise that government purchasing of Maori land was in its own way driven by genuine, if blinkered, idealism. This book is also something of a reaction to the the-Crown-has-been-very-naughty school of New Zealand history. Much of the book is devoted to an examination of government purchasing policy. Many of the most idealistic and impressive politicians that New Zealand has produced, including Sir Donald McLean, John Ballance, and John McKenzie were strong advocates of expanded and state-controlled land purchasing. It is as important to understand their motives as it is to attempt to gauge the social and economic effects of purchasing on the Maori people.

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Awards Winner of Montana New Zealand Book Awards: History Category 2009

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Author's Bio

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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