Opotiki Confiscation records   (24693)
1866 - 1868  range held: 1866 - 1868


These papers comprise correspondence and other records of the Compensation Court set up under the New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 and Amendments. They relate to applications for compensation for Maori land taken under the Act in the Opotiki area.

The Compensation Court was established to hear claims by 'loyal Maori' - those not in conflict with the Government - for the recovery of land confiscated under the Act.

The New Zealand Settlements Act 1863 authorised the taking of land from Maori for European settlement, and was used to punish 'rebellious' Maori by allowing the confiscation of their land. If the land had been sold before the court found in favour of the applicants, other land or monetary compensation might be awarded. At times, confiscated land was returned to people who were not its previous owners.

The records were held in the Hamilton office of the Department of Survey and Land Information, collected together in three boxes, with the papers contained in numbered folders. Each box also contained an index of its contents.


Dates of Holdings : 1866 - 1868
Location of Holdings : Archives New Zealand, Auckland Regional Office
Access : Open  see more …
Archives NZ description type : Series (see more about description types)
Version Number: 1
Date Approved: 09/07/2013