Māori Land Court Minute Books
The Māori Land Court minute books record tribal history, whakapapa (genealogy) and evidence of iwi/hapū (tribes and sub-tribes) use and occupation of land.
The Māori Land Court minute books, 1862-1900, are a record of the hearings and evidence given to establish the Native Land Court titles across New Zealand.
“The minute books are a unique archival source for the indigenous Māori people of New Zealand. They are a repository of the oral tribal histories and whakapapa of most of New Zealand’s Māori tribes, recorded at hearings in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Native (later Māori) Land Court clerks. Without this unique source, much tribal history and traditional knowledge would have been lost.”
Dr Grant Phillipson