Anglican Church of New Zealand apologizes for Colonial-era Maori land grab

Posted Dec 4, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Philip Richardson, the senior bishop of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia (ANZP) in New Zealand, has apologised to the Maori people from Tauranga (Tauranga Moana) for an 1866 decision which saw them dispossessed of their lands. Since 1975 the Crown has issued several apologies for the actions of colonial and post-colonial governments, which stripped the first people of the islands of their inherited land, but on Saturday, “the serious work of putting things right entered a new, profound and personal dimension” when the ANZP “said sorry, publicly, for its part in dispossessing Tauranga Moana people of their birth right”, Anglican Taonga reported.

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