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Graphic: An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966.


This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Since 1900 the peninsula has not shown any marked increase and, apart from the townships of Akaroa and Lyttelton, the population of almost all the bays and western valleys (excluding extensions of metropolitan Christchurch) has shown a slow but marked decline. The total population of Banks Peninsula at the 1961 census, excluding the boroughs of Lyttelton, and Akaroa, and Heathcote and Halswell counties, was 2,620.