1989 local government reforms

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The 1989 local government reform was the most significant reform of local government in New Zealand in over a century.wikipedia
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Regions of New Zealand

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Some 850 local bodies were amalgamated into 86 local authorities, made up of regional and territorial levels.
The current regions and most of their councils came into being through a local government reform in 1989 that took place under the Local Government Act 1974.

Local government in New Zealand

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The 1989 local government reform was the most significant reform of local government in New Zealand in over a century.
In the 1989 reforms, the central government completely reorganised local government, implementing the current two-tier structure of regions and territorial authorities constituted under the Local Government Act 2002.

Brian Elwood

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Michael Bassett was Minister of Local Government and he appointed a Local Government Commission, which was chaired by Brian Elwood from 1 April 1985 to 1 November 1992.
In 1989 this commission undertook a major review of local government in New Zealand.

Local Government Act 1974

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The Local Government Act 1974 consolidated the previous law relating to local government that applied to territorial local authorities, regional and district council bodies.

Nelson-Marlborough Regional Council

Nelson-Marlborough Region
The council was established in the 1989 local government reforms, but disestablished only three years later in 1992, when its functions went to the unitary authorities of Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, and Marlborough District Council.

Counties of New Zealand

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The Counties Bill of 1876 created 63 counties out of the rural parts of the former provinces.
Substantial reorganisations under that Act resulted in the 1989 local government reforms, which covered the country in (non-overlapping) cities and districts and abolished all the counties except for the Chatham Islands County, which survived under that name for a further six years but then became a "territory" under the "Chatham Islands Council".

Auckland City

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In November 1989, central government restructured local authorities throughout New Zealand.

Te Aroha

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Matamata-Piako District Council took over under the 1989 local government reforms.

Territorial authorities of New Zealand

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Some 850 local bodies were amalgamated into 86 local authorities, made up of regional and territorial levels.
For many decades until the local government reforms of 1989, a borough with more than 20,000 people could be proclaimed a city.

Canterbury Regional Council

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However this united council was replaced by the current regional council in 1989 after local government reforms.

Canterbury, New Zealand

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Following the local government reform of 1989, Kaikoura District was part of the Nelson-Marlborough Region.

Rangitikei District

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The Rangitikei District was established in 1989 as part of the 1989 local government reforms.

Tararua District

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The Tararua District Council was created by the amalgamation of the Dannevirke Borough, Eketahuna County Council, Pahiatua Borough Council, Pahiatua County Council and Woodville District Council in the 1989 local government reforms.

Hastings, New Zealand

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During the 1989 local government reforms Hastings City amalgamated with the Havelock North Borough and Hawke's Bay County to form the modern Hastings District.

Hawke's Bay Region

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It does not include the Tararua District, Dannevirke, Woodville or Norsewood, which have been under the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council (also known as Horizons Regional Council) since the 1989 local government reforms.

Whangarei District

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Whangarei District Council was formed by an amalgamation of Whangarei City Council, Whangarei County Council and Hikurangi Town Council as part of New Zealand's 1989 local government reforms.

Christchurch City Council

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As a result of the 1989 local government reforms, on 1 November 1989 Christchurch City Council took over the functions of the former Christchurch City Council, Heathcote County Council, Riccarton Borough Council, Waimairi District Council, part of Paparua County Council, and the Christchurch Drainage Board.

Southland District

SouthlandSouthland District Council
Southland District was formed through the 1989 local government reforms.

Ruapehu District

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The Ruapehu District Council was established by the 1989 local government reforms.

Otorohanga District

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It was reconstituted as part of the 1989 local government reforms, with a nearly identical area.

Nelson City Council

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In the 1989 local government reforms, Nelson was made part of the Nelson-Marlborough Regional Council, then in 1992 that regional council was split into multiple parts, including today's Nelson City Council.

Kaikoura

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The 1989 local government reforms disestablished all counties, and district and regional councils were formed instead.

Manawatu District

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Manawatu District Council was formed by the amalgamation of the Feilding Borough, Kiwitea County, Manawatu District, Oroua County and Pohangina County Councils in the 1989 local government reforms.

Tauranga City Council

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Tauranga City Council was then formed and existed from 1963 until the 1989 local government reforms.