Story: Land ownership

Land ownership and leasehold, 1882–1902

During the 1880s and 1890s, when land was a fierce political issue, the percentage of adult males who had access to land remained almost constant at over 57%, even though the population grew significantly. Of these, more than 80% were landowners rather than Crownholders – those who leased land from the Crown, who occupied with a right to purchase or who had a deferred purchase arrangement.

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Source: Miles Fairburn, The ideal society and its enemies: the foundations of modern New Zealand society, 1850–1900. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 1989, p. 97

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Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Centralisation after 1870', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/table/17910/land-ownership-and-leasehold-1882-1902 (accessed 18 July 2019)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008