For over 100 years before 1989, Waikato territorial local government consisted of a number of county (rural) and borough (town) councils. In 1989 district councils were established which embraced both. A new district, South Waikato, was created, and former Raglan county was divided between Waikato and Franklin districts. In 2010 the southern part of Franklin district was incorporated in Waikato district, when the northern parts were annexed to the enlarged Auckland city. Environment Waikato, the regional council, was also set up in 1989. Its territory includes the whole of the Waikato region shown here, as well as Thames–Coromandel, Hauraki, Taupō and the northern King Country.
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