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Te Aka o Tuwhenua: Maori Land Court Research

Te Aka o Tuwhenua: Māori Land Court Research
Presented by Ben Manley, Pūkenga Rangahau – Research Specialist, Rotorua Lakes Council
Te Ao Mārama (Tauranga City Libraries), in collaboration with Te Aka Mauri (Rotorua Library), presents this exciting and informative two-part lecture.
Sometimes described as “Te Kooti Tango Whenua”, or the land-taking court, the Māori Land Court has a long and chequered past. The first section of this lecture will explore the history of the Court and provide context for the Court’s relationship with Te Arawa. The second section will identify the unique, valuable historical resources the Court may hold for researchers of whānau, hapū, and iwi history (whakapapa, waiata, letters, wills—the list goes on).
Nau mai, haere mai, tauti mai.
Council Chambers
91 Willow St, Tauranga 
Thursday, 12 September
Maori Land Court Historical 
Seminar: 10am – 12pm
Māori Land Court Research 
Seminar: 1pm – 2pm


About Ben: Ben is of Ngāti Whakaue and Ngāti Maniapoto. He was employed by the Māori Land Court for seven years as a case manager and is currently working for the Rotorua Lakes Council where he provides research assistance and advice on a wide range of issues, including Māori land tenure. In 2012 Ben undertook study through Otago University where he looked at how the Māori Land Court had influenced Māori identity. This year Ben undertook further study via Auckland University where he completed a paper titled “A Game of Mū: A study of the records of the Māori Land Court in the Waiariki District and their use in re-constructing Māori histories.”

Published: Friday, 23 Aug 2019 10:00 by Tauranga City Council

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