Local government boundaries changed a lot in Hawke’s Bay throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1989 local government throughout New Zealand was reformed. As a result Hawke’s Bay, which had comprised six counties and more boroughs and cities, was governed by three district councils, one city council and one overarching regional council. Southern Hawke’s Bay became part of the Tararua district and was under a different regional council from the rest of the region.
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