In the 60 years after 1890 New Zealand moved from being a rural society to an urban one. The definition of ‘urban’ in the census was a centre of more than 1,000 people, so not all of these people were living in large cities. By the 1950s only about a quarter of the population were living on farms or in rural townships.
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Source: New Zealand official yearbook, 1990
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