A Changing Land: Sir Donald McLean’s Maraekakaho - 1857 to Today

Brad Patterson


For over three decades Donald McLean bestrode New Zealand administrative and political life. Commencing as a Sub-Protector of Aborigines in Taranaki, he filled a multiplicity of roles, including Chief Land Purchase Commissioner, Superintendent of the province of Hawke’s Bay, Agent for the General Government at Hawke’s Bay, ultimately Native Minister. McLean, however, was a complex and enigmatic individual, which perhaps for many years discouraged historians from attempting to properly evaluate the man and his actions.

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