This report provides a statistical overview of the alienation of Maori land within the Tauranga Moana inquiry district after 1886.
The Northern War was in part a reaction to the colonial government's increasing control over Māori affairs. New rules and regulations cost Māori in the Bay of Islands trade and other economic opportunities. The imposition of customs duties and shipping levies increased prices and deprived Māori of sources of revenue. A ban on the felling of kauri and Crown control of land sales added to fears that Māori authority was being undermined.