Story: Local and regional government

One council for Southland, 2009

One council for Southland, 2009

Four swords, representing the Southland local authorities of Gore, Environment Southland, Southland District and Invercargill, clash ceremonially in this 2009 cartoon. The caption refers to public unease over the plan to merge the four councils into a single regional authority. Debates as to the merit of merging local authorities have been ongoing since the late 19th century.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Mark Winter (Chicane)

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Mark Derby, 'Local and regional government - Local government in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Feb 2015