The West Coast was initially part of two provinces: Nelson and Westland, the latter having completely separated from Canterbury in 1873. From 1876 the region was divided into four counties and a number of boroughs (towns). Three of the boroughs – Brunner, Kumara and Ross – had been disestablished by 1989. In that year three districts (Westland, Grey and Buller), combining towns and counties, were formed.
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