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Author Brett, Andre⁺ѓ, author

Title Acknowledge no frontier : the creation and demise of New Zealand's provinces, 1853-76 / Andre⁺ѓ Brett
Published Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, 2016
℗♭2016

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Description 343 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Contents A divided colony -- A Constitution for New Zealand -- The dawn of provincialism -- Provincial ineptitude -- 'Our reactionary policy' -- Marlborough and Southland implode -- The end of secession -- Life during wartime -- Separation: provincialism's apogee? -- 'Provincialism will soon only exist in history' -- The watershed of 1867 and the Westland experiment -- The great public works policy -- Suffocation and the p[rovinces -- Provincialism's fortress is burning -- Conclusion -- Appendices.: Population of the provinces -- Colonial revenue, expenditure and indebtedness -- Provincial revenue and expenditure -- Railways -- Voter participation in 1853 -- External debt of New Zealand 1867
Summary While other British settler societies - Australia, Canada, the US and South Africa - have states or provinces, New Zealand is a unitary state. Yet New Zealanders today hold firm provincial identities, dating from the time when the young colony was divided into provinces: 1853 to 1876. Why were the provinces created? How did settlers shape and change their institutions? And why, just over 20 years later, did New Zealand abolish its provincial governments?Acknowledge No Frontier, by Andre⁺ѓ Brett, is a lively and insightful investigation into a crucial and formative part of New Zealand history. It examines the flaws within the system and how these allowed the central government to use public works - especially railways - to gain popular support for abolition of the provinces. The provincial period has an enduring legacy. This is the surprising and counterintuitive story of how vociferous parochialism and self-interest brought New Zealanders together
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Provincial governments -- New Zealand -- History.
New Zealand -- History -- 1853-1876.
New Zealand -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2017381721
ISBN 9781927322369
1927322367