Māori Land March 1975

Where can I find information about the Māori Land March in 1975?

Image: Māori Land Marchers crossing Auckland Harbour Bridge by Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga on Flickr.

Entry last updated: 23/12/20


On 13 September 1975, around 5000 people marched from Te Hāpua in the North Island down to Wellington. This Māori land march or hīkoi (march) led by Ngāpuhi leader Dame Whina Cooper was to protest against the loss of Māori land. On arriving in Wellington on 13 October, they presented a petition signed by 60,000 people to the Prime Minister Bill Rowling.

General websites

These New Zealand websites are the best way to look for information about significant events such as the 1975 Māori Land March. Here you can find out what happened, why it happened and who led it.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Start by typing the keywords 'Māori land march' into the search bar at the top of the page.
  • Check out Te tango whenua – Māori land alienation for the history of land confiscation that led to this land march.
  • The link Land protests has information on the 1975 hīkoi and other historic land protests.

Te Ara also has a section called Dictionary of New Zealand Biographies containing life stories of famous people of New Zealand.

  • Have a look at the biography of Whina Cooper, the leader of the march.
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NZHistory is a great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. This site also belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage.

  • Use the search bar to enter the keywords '1975 Land March'.
  • Look for the result 1975 Whina Cooper leads land march to Parliament for information about the event.
  • The links at the bottom of the page lead to context about how the land march fits into New Zealand History.
  • There is also a link to Whina Cooper's biography here in English and in te reo Māori.
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DigitalNZ is a search site that focuses on New Zealand history and brings together results from lots of different websites such as New Zealand libraries, museums, universities, government sites, media, and more.

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Radio New Zealand (RNZ)

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New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (NZETC)

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The book Maori and the State, Crown-Māori Relation in New Zealand Aotearoa, 1950-2000 has a whole chapter called The Māori Land March.

Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.


Ask at your school library or local library for copies of these books:

Hīkoi, Forty Years of Māori Protest by Aroha Harris.

The Penguin Eyewitness History of New Zealand Dramatic First-hand Accounts From New Zealand's History by Bob Brockie

Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou = Struggle Without End by Ranginui Walker

Māori and the State : Crown-Māori relations in New Zealand/Aotearoa, 1950-2000 by Richard S Hill.

SCIS no: 1924498

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