Enduring confiscation of native lands in the new millenium


Confiscating unproductive native land has been a stalwart of colonial policies, particularly in New Zealand. The idea of productivity is imbued with western ideology that negates indigenous land utilisation to support our people. Confiscation has been confined to the 19th century with reparations undertaken through the Waitangi Tribunal. In reality however, government policy continues to harass the remaining land held by Māori with further confiscations undertaken in the 1960s. Today, supposed unproductive Māori land is still be targeted as a means to access $8 billion of export earnings which could further alienate Māori from their turangawaewae.