30,400.94 km² (11,737.87 sq mi)
30,400 (June 2014 estimate)
Seat of District Council
*not part of Southland District
Southland District is a territorial authority in the South Island of New Zealand.
History [ edit ]
Southland District was formed through the 1989 local government reform.
Four local authorities were amalgamated at that time: [2 ] Wallace County, Winton Borough, Stewart Island and Southland County. John Casey, who was first elected onto Southland County Council in 1977, oversaw the amalgamation and was elected Southland District's first mayor in 1989. [3 ]
Geography [ edit ]
Southland District covers the majority of the land area of
Southland Region, although the region also covers Gore District, Invercargill City and adjacent territorial waters. It has a land area of 30,400.94 km 2, excluding inland waters such as Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, and Lake Hauroko.
Southland District contains the towns of
Winton, Riverton, Lumsden and Te Anau, and the islands south of Foveaux Strait:
The seat of the District Council is
Invercargill, which, however, is not part of Southland District, but a territorial authority in its own right.
Two of New Zealand's largest national parks are within the boundaries of Southland District:
Fiordland National Park, and Rakiura National Park (which covers most of Stewart Island / Rakiura).
district mayor is Gary Tong. He has held this position since 2013.
Council [ edit ]
The district council is made up of twelve elected members, from various ward areas, and like any other local authority is elected every three years.
Sister cities [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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Coordinates: 45°38′00″S 167°55′00″E / 45.6333333333°S 167.916666667°E