More links and websites
The Canterbury Development Corporation is Christchurch’s economic development agency.
A doctoral thesis by Dominic Alessio about city boosters.
Enterprise North Shore is an economic development agency on Auckland’s North Shore.
Grow Wellington works to support businesses in Wellington.
Information and funding for major events, on the Ministry of Economic Development’s site.
More suggestions and sources
Alessio, Dominic. ‘Promoting paradise: utopianism and national identity in New Zealand, 1870–1930.’ New Zealand Journal of History 42, no. 1 (2008): 22–41.
Boyd, M. B. City of the plains: a history of Hastings. Wellington: Victoria University Press for the Hastings District Council, 1984.
Gibbons, Peter. Connections: a century of commerce and industry in the Waikato, 1906–2006. Hamilton: Waikato Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2006.
Hamer, D. A. New towns in the New World: images and perceptions of the nineteenth-century urban frontier. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990.
Hamer, David. ‘Towns in nineteenth century New Zealand.’ New Zealand Journal of History 13, no. 1 (1979): 5–24.
Strongman, Thelma. City beautiful: the first 100 years of the Christchurch Beautifying Association. Christchurch: Clerestory, 1999.