Story: Government and agriculture

Small Bird Nuisance Act 1882

Following the abolition of the provinces, the central government passed legislation to control agricultural pests including rabbits, codling moths, and small introduced birds such as sparrows. Sparrows were feeding in large numbers on grain crops. This act did not require action against sparrows, but simply gave local bodies the power to levy and spend limited funds on the problem. Although small boys made good money by collecting hundreds of thousands of eggs and heads in Ellesmere County alone in the 1890s, the legislation was largely ineffective.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1882, pp. 21-22

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Pest control, new products and incentives, 1876–1892', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008