This 1857 petition for separation from Nelson province was not successful, but another initiative a year later saw a new province – Marlborough – established in 1859. Settlers wanted a separate province because virtually none of the income raised from land sales in the Wairau and neighbouring districts was spent on them (for instance on roads). Runholders also thought a new Nelson council, elected in 1856, was unsympathetic to their interests, particularly in respect of the costs of leasing or buying pastoral land.
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Reference: Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 22 August 1857. p.3
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