Story: Local and regional government

Petition to form a borough, 1877

This handwritten petition was addressed to the governor, the Marquis of Normanby, in 1877 by residents of Hamilton East and Hamilton West. They formally requested a merger of their two 'township highway districts' (settlements based on earlier roads boards) into a single borough (town with a population of less than 20,000). Their petition points out that although Hamilton East and Hamilton West 'comprise one continuous area', they were officially parts of two separate counties (rural local-authority districts) – Waikato and Waipa respectively.

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Mark Derby, 'Local and regional government - Early forms of local government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 October 2020)

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