Between 1989 and 2010 Auckland was organised into four cities – North Shore, Waitākere, Auckland (which included islands in the Hauraki Gulf) and Manukau – and three districts – Rodney, Papakura and Franklin. An Auckland regional council had responsibilities across the entire area bar the southern part of Franklin District (which was within the Waikato region). Business leaders claimed that a single council would put an end to squabbles between councils and make more progress on issues common to the whole city, especially infrastructure and economic development. In 2010 the government mandated a single Auckland council, which came into existence after elections in October 2010. The southern part of Franklin became part of Waikato district.
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