Story: Local and regional government

Levying rates, 1849

Zoom in to read details of this 1849 letter from the colonial secretary for New Munster, Alfred Domett, concerning 'the state of the road leading from the Port to the Town of Nelson'. Its residents had asked that 'the same aid may be extended to them as was offered towards the repairs of the Beach Road at Wellington'. Domett agreed that the government would  provide '25 pounds, as requested, on condition of an equal amount being provided by the inhabitants'.

However, he also advised that 'an ordinance has been passed by the Legislative Council enabling residents of towns to levy rates for the repair of roads'. In future, residents would be expected to meet the full cost of their road repairs from these rates.

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Mark Derby, 'Local and regional government - Early forms of local government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 Feb 2015