The process of settling Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi was initially fraught with controversy, but has now become an accepted and at times celebrated part of our identity. Nearly 30 years since the first settlement, many Māori groups have seen spectacular commercial success, but many questions remain. Michael Neilson reports.

In 1840, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei occupied about 38,000 hectares of land in and around what would become New Zealand's largest and most prosperous city.

By 1952 the hapū owned nothing but a quarter-acre (1000sq m) urupā in Okahu Bay, where their dead lay.

In one of the final


The $1b hapū


History of one-sided hospitality

From 'virtually landless' to big city player

Hapū done well despite 'modest' settlement

The series