Hawke's Bay Province

Hawke's Bay Province

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The Hawke's Bay Province was a province of New Zealand. The province separated from the Wellington Province following a meeting in Napier in February 1858, and existed until the abolition of provincial government in 1876. At the time of its establishment in 1858, the European population of the provincial district was only 1,185.

The province had its own elected Superintendent and provincial council. The provincial council sat at Napier.

In 1863, the province was described in the Illustrated London News as "one of the principal grazing districts in the colony; it possesses abundance of fine agricultural land, and has a climate proverbially mild and healthy." The article goes on estimate population at 3,600 Maori and 2600 settlers.Illustrated London News, October 31, 1863, Page 446: Meeting of Settlers and Maori at Hawke's Bay, New Zealand


The capital of the Province was Napier.

Anniversary Day

New Zealand law provides an anniversary day for each province.
  • Founded: 1858-11-01


The Hawke's Bay Province had four Superintendents:


No surviving legislation.


External links

  • A page containing a map of the old provincial boundaries is available .
  • (Te Ara)

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