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Nelson country blocks (1st of 2)

In New Zealand Company settlements land was initially sold as a package: a small block of urban land and larger block of suburban or rural land. The idea was that landowners would farm their country land, but also have residences and business interests in town. This 1842 map shows the distribution of country sections in the Nelson district. The colour coding of the blocks highlights the speculative nature of the enterprise. Red was land sold in England – often to absentee owners as an investment; purple was land sold in the colony; and blue was land set aside as company reserves – some for future sale. A tenth of the rural land was meant to be set aside as native reserves (the Native Tenths Reserves) for the betterment of Māori, but no rural Tenths were ever allocated.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl 834.1gbbd/[1842] Acc.3044

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Ben Schrader, 'City planning - Early settlement planning', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/25718/nelson-country-blocks (accessed 21 November 2018)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 26 Mar 2015