Story: Political values

Call for self-government

Call for self-government

A free press, one of the features of a democratic society, became part of colonial New Zealand society from its very beginnings. This 1848 story from the Wellington Independent newspaper highlights Wellingtonians’ wish to institute democratic government – as opposed to governance by an unelected group – emphasising settlers’ beliefs that they were entitled to have political rights at least equal to those of British citizens in the ‘mother country’.

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Reference: Wellington Independent. 23 December 1848, p. 2

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Stephen Levine, 'Political values - Enduring political values', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012