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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