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A Separate Authority (He Mana Motuhake), Volume II

The Crown’s Betrayal of the Tūhoe Māori Sanctuary in New Zealand, 1915–1926

Authors: Webster, Steven

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  • One of the first ethnographic explorations of successful Māori resistance efforts
  • Provides insight on a spectacular system of ancestor-focused kin groups, through which political alliances are developed through systematic intermarriage
  • Traces the development and trajectory of resistance efforts against colonial injustice from its origins to the very recent past
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Following on from Volume I on the formation of the Urewera District Native Reserve, this monograph examines the period from 1908 to 1926, during which time the Crown subverted Tūhoe control of the UDNR, established a mere decade earlier. While Volume I described how the Tūhoe were able to deploy kin-based power to manipulate Crown power as well as confront one another, this volume describes ways in which the same ancestral descent groups closed ranks to survive nearly two decades of predatory Crown policies determined to dismantle their sanctuary. A relentless Crown campaign to purchase individual Tūhoe land shares ultimately resulted in a misleading Crown scheme to consolidate and relocate Tūhoe  land shares, thereby freeing up land for the settlement of non- Tūhoe  farmers. By the 1950s, over 200 small Tūhoe blocks were scattered throughout one of the largest National Parks in New Zealand. Although greatly weakened by these policies in terms of kinship solidarity as well as land and other resources, Tūhoe resistance continued until the return of the entire park in 2014—with unreserved apologies and promises of future support. 

 

In both volumes of A Separate Authority (He Mana  Motuhake), Webster takes the stance of an ethnohistorian: he not only examines the various ways control over the Urewera District Native Reserve (UDNR) was negotiated, subverted or betrayed, and renegotiated during this time period, but also focuses on the role of Māori hapū, ancestral descent groups and their leaders, including the political economic influence of extensive marriage alliances between them. The ethnohistorical approach developed here may be useful to other studies of governance, indigenous resistance, and reform, whether in New Zealand or elsewhere.


About the authors

Steven Webster, PhD, is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he taught Social Anthropology and Māori Studies before his retirement. Since the 1980s, he has been closely involved in issues of Māori land, Māori history, ethnic politics, and political economy in New Zealand.

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"Tūhoe mana motuhake vs the force of New Zealand colonialism. This is a patient and perceptive work unraveling stratagems of contrasting ambition so we may comprehend the cultural instincts of 1890-1920 Aotearoa. Dr. Webster proves his deep understanding of kinship dynamics, hapū politics and the Tūhoe passion for autonomy.”

—Tāmati Kruger, Representative in the Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua, New Zealand

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Separate Authority (He Mana Motuhake), Volume II
Book Subtitle
The Crown’s Betrayal of the Tūhoe Māori Sanctuary in New Zealand, 1915–1926
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41046-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41046-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41045-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 452
Number of Illustrations
57 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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