Story: Colonial and provincial government

Otago in danger, 1866

Otago in danger, 1866

Thanks to gold, wool and buoyant trade and industry, Otago had more wealth than other provinces. The poorer northern provinces and the colonial government – which had to pay for the war in the north – saw at least some of Otago’s revenues as a colonial asset. Edward Stafford, the colony’s premier, is named on one wolf collar and Māori on the other, while the woman representing Otago is defending herself not just with a bloody sword but also with a new separatist constitution.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Colonial and provincial government - War, debt and the provinces, 1863 to 1870', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 6 Oct 2023