Story: Colonial and provincial government

Public works, 1878

George Grey (right) and James Macandrew, former superintendents of Auckland and Otago respectively, had been the most vocal opponents of abolishing the provinces. In October 1877 Grey became premier and Macandrew minister of public works. As this cartoon of the time suggests, some believed that the public works programme announced by Macandrew in August 1878 favoured Auckland and Otago, though Macandrew himself defended what he claimed might be seen as undue generosity to Canterbury on the grounds that ‘it was only returning to her the money raised from her lands’. (Evening Post, 28 August 1878, p. 2)

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Colonial and provincial government - After abolition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 6 Oct 2023