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New Zealand Company share certificate

New Zealand Company share certificate

The New Zealand Company was the first large company to operate in New Zealand. It was set up in London in 1839 with a paid-up capital of £100,000. Shareholders received land. From 1840 the company introduced long-term settlers directly from Britain. The company wound up in 1850 having played a large hand in establishing settlements in New Zealand. With English shareholders the company was not really a New Zealand one (its name aside). But it was important in developing the settler economy that allowed the first New Zealand-based companies – importers – to grow.

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Reference: NZC 32 9*20

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Gary Hawke, 'Large companies - Large companies in the 1800s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 August 2022)

Story by Gary Hawke, published 11 Mar 2010