About This Project

The Tuahiwi Maori Reserve (MR873) in Kaiapoi, Canterbury, is a living indictment of the systemic disenfranchisement of Maori people from their land.  Their unique agreement with the Crown (Kemp’s Deed, 1848) allowed for individual title of their land for Maori owners and their descendants. Over generations this right has been progressively eroded until current District Plan rules effectively disabled Ngai Tuahuriri from being able to use their land for self-advancement.