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Ngā Uri

In 1892, the Native Land Court determined the list of customary owners.  Ngā Uri are those people who are direct descendants of those tūpuna identified on the Native Land Court list.  Today, Ngā Uri are the beneficiaries of the Nelson Tenths Reserves Trust – those whānau and hapū that the Crown owes fiduciary duties to as the trustee of the Nelson Tenths’ estate.

Image: Tūpuna identified on the Native Land Court list, 1892

Click on image of signatures to view larger.  To see the names of all the Tūpuna signatures, click on button below.

The Guardian of the Spirit Within

This artwork, Te Kaitiaki o te Wairua i roto, currently on display in Whakatū, Nelson, depicts the coming together of those tūpuna and their descendants who whakapapa across the iwi of Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Koata.


These whānau and hapū comprise the customary owners of the Nelson Tenths’ reserves and papakāinga lands in Nelson, Tasman and Golden Bay.

Caption: Te Kaitiaki o te Wairua i roto
by Whakatū artist Lane Hawkins