Customs duties were by far the largest source of government revenues in the half-century after 1840. The only exceptions were occasional years – particularly in the 1870s – when the government was trying to encourage settlement by selling or leasing land.
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Source: Paul Goldsmith, We won, you lost, eat that! Auckland: David Ling, 2008, pp. 16, 46, 71, 102.