Richmond, New Zealand

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The main street of Richmond, New Zealand
The main street of Richmond, New Zealand
Richmond is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 41°20′S 173°11′E / 41.333°S 173.183°E / -41.333; 173.183Coordinates: 41°20′S 173°11′E / 41.333°S 173.183°E / -41.333; 173.183
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityTasman District
 • MayorTim King
 (June 2019)[1]
 • Total15,000

Richmond is a town, and the seat of the Tasman District Council, that lies 13 kilometres (8 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[2] and was named in 1854 after the town of Richmond on Thames near London. By 2014 it had an estimated population of 13,606.[3]

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

Administrative history[edit]

During the period 1853 to 1876, the Richmond urban area was administered as part of Nelson Province. With the Abolition of Provinces Act 1876, Waimea County was created, effective in January 1877. Richmond was included in the Waimea County boundaries, and served as the administrative headquarters of the county.

In 1891, the administrative authority for the urban area of Richmond was transferred from Waimea County to the Richmond Borough Council.[4]

Richmond Borough existed until the 1989 local government reforms, when the Tasman District was formed through the amalgamation of the Richmond Borough, Golden Bay County, Murchison County and Waimea County administrative areas.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2019". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Early Richmond". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ Growth Strategy 2014, Tasman District Council.
  4. ^ Fraser, Bryce; McLauchlan, Gordon (1986). The New Zealand Book of Events. Auckland: Methuen Publishing. ISBN 978-0474001239.
  5. ^ Walrond, Carl (3 August 2015). "Nelson region - Government". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 5 November 2018.

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