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Education Act 1877
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New Zealand Parliament
Date commenced 1 January 1878
Status: Repealed

The Education Act 1877 established twelve regional Education Boards in New Zealand after the provinces were abolished and the central government took control of education. The act established that education would be free, compulsory, and secular for Pākehā children aged five to thirteen.

Education Boards

The act established a tiered administration system. At the top, the Department of Education established the curriculum and provided funding to twelve education boards (Auckland, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wellington, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, N & S Canterbury, Westland, Otago and Southland). Each of the boards in turn funded a school committee responsible for individual schools.

Name of Board Succeeded Founded Expelled
Auckland Education Board 1877
Hamilton Education Board 1877
Hawkes Bay Education Board 1877
Taranaki Education Board 1877
Wanganui Education Board 1877
Wellington Education Board 1877
Nelson Education Board 1877
Grey/Greymouth Education Board
(aka West Coast/Westland Education Board)
Southland Education Board 1877
Westland Education Board 1877
Canterbury Education Board 1877
Otago Education Board 1877
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