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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the towns of Seddon and Ward. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward are named after New Zealand premiers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries -- and are built on land made available by the Liberal government's policy of subdividing large estates. 'King Dick' Seddon was a popular and charismatic figure, who died in office and was succeeded by businessman Joseph Ward.

Awatere valley,

Premiers and prime ministers,

The Liberals and land policy,

Richard John Seddon,

Joseph George Ward,

Richard Seddon and his cabinet, 1906,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing The Liberal Premier Towns - Roadside Stories