The story of the Nelson Tenths Reserves
In the 1840s, the New Zealand Company established the city of Nelson and its surrounding areas, stretching across Tasman and to Golden Bay.
Our tūpuna agreed to the settlement of Nelson according to two conditions:
- That one-tenth of the Nelson settlement would be reserved in perpetuity for our whānau and hapū.
- That our papakāinga, urupā, and cultivations and other sacred places would be protected from settlement.
This land was to have comprised ten percent of each of the urban (one acre), suburban (50 acre), and rural (150 acre) sections of the Nelson settlement.
This was a total of 15,100 acres, plus pā, urupā, and cultivations.
The land became known as the Nelson Tenths Reserves.