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The Great Kiwi (Dis)Connect: The New Provinces Act of 1858 and its Consequences

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Abstract


  • In 1853, New Zealand began a quasi-federal experiment that ended

    surprisingly quickly. New Zealand’s Pakeha (white) settlers, many

    influenced by the Chartist movement, had migrated in the

    expectation that they would possess the same rights as Englishmen at

    home. After vociferous agitation and a false start when an earlier

    constitution was blocked as unworkable, they were granted a

    representative constitution that contained a system of six provinces.2

    Five of the provinces quickly established ministries that were wholly

    or partially responsible to the legislature, and responsible government

    at the national level followed in 1856. 3 Although responsible

    government followed similar lines to that in the Australian colonies,

    governors retained the power to veto financial bills and Australia had

    no equivalent to New Zealand’s provincial system or its

    superintendents, some of whom viewed the superintendency as akin

    to a lieutenant-governorship.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Brett, A. (2012). The Great Kiwi (Dis)Connect: The New Provinces Act of 1858 and its Consequences. Melbourne Historical Journal, 40 129-148.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4583&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3560

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 129

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 40

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • In 1853, New Zealand began a quasi-federal experiment that ended

    surprisingly quickly. New Zealand’s Pakeha (white) settlers, many

    influenced by the Chartist movement, had migrated in the

    expectation that they would possess the same rights as Englishmen at

    home. After vociferous agitation and a false start when an earlier

    constitution was blocked as unworkable, they were granted a

    representative constitution that contained a system of six provinces.2

    Five of the provinces quickly established ministries that were wholly

    or partially responsible to the legislature, and responsible government

    at the national level followed in 1856. 3 Although responsible

    government followed similar lines to that in the Australian colonies,

    governors retained the power to veto financial bills and Australia had

    no equivalent to New Zealand’s provincial system or its

    superintendents, some of whom viewed the superintendency as akin

    to a lieutenant-governorship.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Brett, A. (2012). The Great Kiwi (Dis)Connect: The New Provinces Act of 1858 and its Consequences. Melbourne Historical Journal, 40 129-148.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4583&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3560

Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 129

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 40

Place Of Publication


  • Australia