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A government bonus (2nd of 2)

A government bonus

When New Zealand was a young colony, imported goods – including salt – were expensive, and the government was keen to establish local industries. The bonus advertised in this New Zealand Gazette notice in 1892 was never claimed. Early salt makers struggled with the country’s high rainfall. In their efforts to produce solar evaporated salt, they set up industries in places as diverse as Rangitoto Island, Gisborne, Māhia Peninsula, Breaker Bay in Wellington, and New Brighton in Christchurch. All these endeavours had one thing in common: failure.

Bonus for the Manufacture of Salt.

Mines Department,

Wellington, 24th February, 1892.

NOTICE is hereby given that a bonus of £1 per ton will be paid on the production of the first 500 tons of salt, exclusively either by evaporation of salt-water or from rock mined in the colony, on the following conditions, that is to say:—

1. The bonus must be claimed before the 31st March, 1893.

2. Not more than £250 will be paid for salt manufactured in the North Island, and not more than £250 for salt manufactured in the South Island.

3. The bonus will be payable in instalments of £50 as each lot of 50 tons of salt is manufactured, on the certificate of an officer appointed by the Minister of Mines that the salt is of good marketable quality.

4. In the event of more than one person manufacturing the stated quantity of salt in the North or South Islands respectively before the 31st March, 1893, inquiry will be made by the officer above referred to, when, if it is found that each applicant is equally entitled to a bonus in either the North Island or the South Island, the amount will be divided, but in no case shall more than £250 be paid for salt manufactured in the North Island and £250 for salt manufactured in the South Island.

5. The salt in respect of which any bonus is claimed and the material used in its manufacture will be examined by the office aforesaid, who may require proof that the salt is of genuine New Zealand production, and that sales have been made at fair market prices.


Minister of Mines.

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Reference: New Zealand gazette, vol. 1 (1892), p. 404

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Carl Walrond, 'Salt - Sea salt', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006