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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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The Nelson region is located at the north-western end of the South Island between Tasman Bay in the east and Golden Bay in the west and could be contained within a square 50 by 50 miles, the major portion of its western part being mountainous and inaccessible. In extent the region corresponds to the limits of Waimea county and Golden Bay county, which has incorporated the former counties of Takaka and Collingwood. Nelson (urban area population, 25,321, 1961) is the principal city of the region, which contained in 1961 a total population of 48,538 (2 per cent of the New Zealand total population) of which 1·81 per cent were registered as Maoris.


Samuel Harvey Franklin, B.COM.GEOG., M.A.(BIRMINGHAM), Senior Lecturer, Geography Department, Victoria University of Wellington.