Mangamahu Domain Board
|Agency Code:||WDC ABP|
|Successor Agencies:||Wanganui County Council|
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The Public Domains Act 1881 provided the Governor General with power to declare certain categories of land “domains”, and authority to: 1. enclose, plant, and develop land; 2. set aside lands for public amusement and recreation; 3. lease, trade, or sell such lands; 4. provide accessways; 5. manage and administer lands and spend on developments any income generated; 6. make and enforce bylaws. The Governor General also had the right to delegate these powers to a body corporate, consisting of a mayor or any designated local authority officer, and this is in fact the authority under which most Domain Boards emerged. The Public Reserves and Domains Act 1908 clarified the role of Domain Boards and specified their powers more clearly, but does not seem to have altered their structure and functions. The Mangamahu Domain Board appears to have been administered by the Lands and Survey Department until 1950.