New Leinster

New Leinster was a name given to the Stewart Island in the Royal Charter of November 1840, which stated the division of New Zealand into three parts. The division only hold a geographic significance. In 1846 New Zealand Constitution Act, the area known as New Leinster was incorporated into then established New Munster Province. It was named after Leinster, one of the provinces of Ireland.

New Leinster
Subdivision of the Colony of New Zealand
Stewart Island-Rakiura.png
The location of Stewart Island within New Zealand
• 1840
174,774 km2 (67,481 sq mi)
• Established
• Disestablished
Contained within
 • Crown colonyColony of New South Wales (1840–1841)
Colony of New Zealand (1941–1946)
Succeeded by
New Munster Province


Following the Treaty of Waitangi, signed on 6 February 1840, New Zealand became a colony of the British Empire, initially administrated as part of the Colony of New South Wales. In the Royal Charter of November 1840, New Zealand was divided into three divisions: New Ulster, New Munster, and New Leinster. Those division only hold a geographic significance.[1][2] The names of the regions were created by governor William Hobson, who named them after the corresponding provinces of Ireland, with New Leinster being named after the province of Leinster.[3] The Colony of New Zealand became a crown colony of the British Empire on 3 May 1841.[1] The New Zealand Constitution Act of 1846 divided New Zealand into two provinces, New Ulster, and New Munster. The area known as New Leinster was as such incorporated into the province of New Munster.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Reference Guide Government Publications at the Hocken Collections" (PDF). Hocken Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  2. ^ "An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand – New Leinster, New Munster, and New Ulster". 1966. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. ^ Malcolm McKinnon (November 2009). "Place names – Naming the country and the main islands". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 February 2011.

Coordinates: 47°00′S 167°50′E / 47.00°S 167.84°E / -47.00; 167.84