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Friends of the Maitai

Collection | Ref # AG 141 | Held by The Nelson Provincial Museum

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Friends of the Maitai


Friends of the Maitai

Level of description:



11 boxes ; 1 drawer

Reference number:

AG 141

Former NRAM reference number:



The Friends of the Maitai (FOMT) was formerly formed on the 3rd October 1977 as a pressure group to influence the Nelson City Council (NCC) to stop the planting of pine forestry on the Maitai Recreational Reserve lands. These lands were formerly owned by the Richardson family and were purchased by the NCC in 1971. The reserve was known as the Waahi Taakaro or place of recreation. Plans to afforest the area commercially were not publicly known until a large burn off on the hills in 1975. The public began questioning this land usage from May 1977. The FOMT questioned the legality of this usage and the NCC took a Bill to parliament. The Nelson City Forestry Empowering Act was a compromise that satisfied no one. In November 1978 the council voted to cotinue the plantings.

The records are comprised of minutes, correspondence, submissions, membership, financial records, press releases, history, maps, display materials, reports, scrapbooks, and oddments.


Dates covered:

1977 - 1988

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Descriptive inventory

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