Kōrero: City history and people

Growth of towns, lower North Island

New Zealand towns developed for a variety of reasons – to support farming hinterlands, provide port facilities, or as a base for mining, sawmilling or construction. This map shows the development of lower North Island towns between 1874 and 1911. In 1874 there were only three towns of at least 500 people in the region; by 1911 there were 34. Their rise was largely linked to the growth of farming in their hinterlands. The map also highlights the distribution pattern of towns: most arose along major roads or railway lines and were within a day’s travel time – by horse and cart – of one another.

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Source: New Zealand census, 1874, 1891, 1911

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Types of towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/23493/growth-of-towns-lower-north-island (accessed 1 April 2023)

He kōrero nā David Thorns and Ben Schrader, i tāngia i te 11 Mar 2010