In 1899 the 48,000 acres (19,500 hectares) of the Waikakihi run was purchased by the government under the Land for Settlements Act 1894. When the land was divided up, ballot applicants were required to answer questions to ensure that the new owners would be capable family farmers.
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Reference: LS-W 28 5-59 p. 74
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