Thanks to gold, wool and buoyant trade and industry, Otago had more wealth than other provinces. The poorer northern provinces and the colonial government – which had to pay for the war in the north – saw at least some of Otago’s revenues as a colonial asset. Stafford, the colony’s premier, is named on one wolf collar and Māori on the other, while the woman representing Otago is defending herself not just with a bloody sword but also with a new separatist constitution.
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