Timaru District

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Timaru District
Territorial authority
Location of the Timaru District within the South Island
Location of the Timaru District within the South Island
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
District Timaru District
Wards Timaru, Geraldine, Pleasant Point/Temuka
Formed 1989
Seat Timaru
Government
 • Mayor Damon Odey
Population (June 2017)[1]
 • Total 47,100
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website Timaru District Council

Timaru District is a municipality in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand.

Geography

The Timaru District is located on the east coast of the South Island and stretches inland as far as the Main Divide. The district has a population of 47,100 (June 2017).[1] Timaru is the main town. The next biggest towns in order are Temuka, Geraldine and Pleasant Point. Smaller settlements include Arundel, Cave, Orari and Winchester. The Timaru District Library has branches situated in Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.

History

Timaru has its origins in a sheep station, The Levels, run by George Rhodes.[2][3] In 1868, residents petitioned for the town to be established as a borough, and the Timaru Borough Council was proclaimed in 1868.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2017 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.  For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-16 (2017 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Pinney, Robert. "George Rhodes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Timaru". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1903). "Timaru Corporation". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Canterbury Provincial District. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

External links

  • Timaru District Council website
  • South Canterbury District website
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