Story: Marlborough region

Kaikōura runholders, 1865 (2nd of 2)

Kaikōura runholders, 1865

In the 1850s runholders leased extensive areas of pasture from the government for their sheep flocks, paying annual licences of no more than £2 per acre (0.4 hectares), assessed per head of livestock. Pastoral land could, be put up for sale, and runholders occasionally bought land to avoid losing access to it. The usual – relatively low – price of around 5 shillings per acre made this feasible, and by 1865 some Kaikōura runholders owned between 10% and nearly 50% of their total pasture.

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Source: J. M. Sherrard, Kaikoura: a history of the district. Christchurch: Cadsonbury Publications, 1966, p. 117.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Grazing and farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016