Story: Colonial and provincial government

Land districts, 1877 and 2008

Though the land fund (revenue from land sales) was made part of colonial revenue in 1877, land boards were established in each provincial area to oversee the development and settlement of its public (Crown) lands. The establishment of land districts for North Auckland and Gisborne in 1919 and 1922 respectively was recognition of the scale of settlement activity then taking place in those two areas.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Colonial and provincial government - After abolition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 September 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012