Story: City planning

Garden settlements

 This is Samuel Hurst Seager’s plan for garden-city settlements in New Zealand. Such places were supposed to combine the best of town and country: large enough to provide the amenities and social opportunities of town life, but small enough for people to have large sections and access to the countryside.

The plan shows the growing influence of functional zoning in town design. Shops, schools, churches and civic amenities are located at the centre. Industry and warehousing are sited in the next zone, separated from worker housing by a railway line. Beyond that are market gardens and then an area for dairy and other small farms. Housing for farm workers is provided at regular intervals at the junction of roads.

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Reference: Official volume of proceedings of the first New Zealand town-planning conference and exhibition. Wellington: Government Printer, 1919, opp. p. 114 (B-K 926-114)

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Ben Schrader, 'City planning - Planning between the world wars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

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