Within 44 years of the signing of the Treaty 18 million acres of New Zealand land passed from the purview of one group of people into the hands of scores of others.
Eighteen million acres represents more than a quarter of the entire land mass of New Zealand. Or about 67 Auckland. It was all gone between 1865 and 1909.
Every corner of New Zealand is a part of this story. Look at the maps. Read the stories. Watch the videos. Grasp the numbers. This is the unsettling truth about the way this country was established. Some of the alienated land was purchased, in breach or otherwise of the Treaty. Other areas were confiscated even from tribes which had offered no opposition to the Pakeha.