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Government revenue, 1840–1890

Government revenue, 1840–1890

Customs duties were by far the largest source of government revenues in the half-century after 1840. The only exceptions were occasional years – particularly in the 1870s – when the government was trying to encourage settlement by selling or leasing land.

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Source: Paul Goldsmith, We won, you lost, eat that! Auckland: David Ling, 2008, pp. 16, 46, 71, 102.

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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Tariffs for revenue, 1840–1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2024)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010