These frank and direct instructions on forming 'municipal and district governments for the conduct of all local affairs' were sent in December 1840 to New Zealand's first governor, William Hobson, by the head of Britain's Colonial Office, Lord John Russell.
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Reference: 0311.17. Copy of a despatch from Lord John Russell to Governor Hobson, 9 December 1840. British Parliamentary Papers: Waikato University Library Digital Collection. http://digital.liby.waikato.ac.nz/bppnz?a=d&c=despatch&d=HASH01a9e0d3df5904a2a0d800ce
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