Richmond, New Zealand

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This article is about the town in the Tasman region. For the Christchurch suburb, see Richmond, Canterbury.
Richmond
Town
The main street of Richmond, New Zealand
The main street of Richmond, New Zealand
Richmond is located in New Zealand
Richmond
Richmond
Coordinates: +)_region:NZ 41°20′S 173°11′E / 41.333°S 173.183°E / -41.333; 173.183Coordinates: +)_region:NZ 41°20′S 173°11′E / 41.333°S 173.183°E / -41.333; 173.183
Country New Zealand
Region Tasman
Territorial authority Tasman District
Founded 1854
Government
 • Mayor Richard Kempthorne
Population (2006 Census)
 • Total 14,000 +
Richmond seen from the air, showing its close connection to Nelson at the right.

Richmond is a town, and the seat of the Tasman District Council, that lies 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) south of Nelson in the South Island of New Zealand, close to the southern extremity of Tasman Bay. The town was first settled in 1842[1] and was named in 1854 after the town of Richmond on Thames near London. At the time of the 2006 Census the town had a population of over 14,000. [2]

Although Richmond lies outside the boundaries of Nelson City, it forms part of the Nelson Urban Area for statistical purposes, and New Zealanders informally consider it part of Greater Nelson or the "Top of the South". The two unitary authorities co-operate for tourism-marketing purposes via "Latitude Nelson".

During the period, 1853 to 1876, Richmond was administrated as part of the Nelson Province.

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