Kaukatea Road Board

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Wellington Provincial Government allowed for the establishment of Road Boards in order to undertake detailed work on rural highway development, with funding from rates and Provincial Government grants. The abolition of the Provinces in 1876, followed by the Counties Act (1878), gave Road Boards power to construct and maintain rural roads, with the County Councils responsible for the development of major arterial routes. The 1882 Roads Board Act allowed for the regularisation of Board structures and powers, with an emphasis on detailed road work in rural areas. The County Councils were also afforded the power to merge Road Boards into Counties, on the petition of ratepayers. With the completion of many major roading projects by the early 1900s, most Road Boards were abolished between 1900 and 1920.

The Wanganui County Council’s meeting of 14 September 1892 made a Special Order constituting the Kaukatea Riding as a separate Road District. The area covered appears to geneally match that of Subdivision 4 of the former Wangaehu Road District 1872-1886, comprising land north of the Kukuta Stream and including Kaiwhaiki. The Board held its first meeting 22 March 1893, and its final meeting 9 September 1914, after which it was abolished.

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is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Wanganui County Council [I]