Manawatu County Council

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The Manawatu County Council was formed in 1876 as one of 63 covering the whole country following the disbanding of the provincial governments.

As originally constituted the Council ran from Waikanae in the south to Rangiwahia in the north. Like many of the first counties, parts of the Manawatu County gradually broke away and formed their own counties or boroughs.

The Palmerston North Borough Council was formed first in 1877, with Feilding Borough Council next in 1881. The County was then split in half in 1883 when the first Oroua County was formed. This was quickly followed by the Horowhenua County Council, which broke away in 1884. This left the County covering a fraction of its original 1876 area. In 1888 the Foxton Borough Council was formed.

A fire destroyed the Council Offices in Sanson on the 23rd of January 1895. Some records were lost, but numerous key records survived in a fire proof safe.

In 1988 the County amalgamated with neighbouring Kairanga County to form the first Manawatu District Council. In 1989 this amalgamated with several other councils to form a new, much larger, Manawatu District Council.


In 1877 the county was established with seven ridings:

  • Kiwitea
  • Manchester
  • Oroua
  • Taonui
  • Kawakawa
  • Awahou
  • Horowhenua

In 1886, following the break away of the Oroua and Horowhenua Counties, the ridings were re-constituted into:

  • Sandon
  • Mount Stewart
  • Waitohi
  • Campbell
  • Carnarvon
  • Kawakawa
  • Awahou

The town of Campbell was renamed Rongotea in 1895.

In 1956 the Beach Riding was formed from part of the Awahou Riding.

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Related Entities
is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Manawatu District Council [I]
is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Oroua County Council
is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Palmerston North City Council
is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Horowhenua County Council
is successor of (RiC-R016i): Wellington Provincial Government


Name Sort descending Identifier Dates
Aerial Mosaics, NZMS 3, First Edition MDC 00503 1942-01-1952-04
Aerial Mosaics, NZMS 3, Second Edition MDC 00504 1963-03-1969-04
Aerial Photograph of Tangimoana MDC 00525 1979-1979
Aerial Photographs of Manawatu County and Townships HDC 00360 1985-03-25-1985-08-06
Aerial Photographs of Manawatu County and Townships MDC 00491 1985-03-25-1985-08-06
Aerial Photographs of Manawatu County Townships MDC 00490 1971-12-09-1972-02-17
Aerial Photographs of Manawatu County Townships HDC 00359 1971-12-09-1971-12-09
Agenda for Council meetings MDC 00411 1981-1989
Awahuri Hall Society Correspondence Files MDC 00452 1964-1984
Contracts HDC 00171 1960-1960
Correspondence Files HDC 00007 1957-1989
Feilding Technical High School Architectural Plans MDC 00531 1915-1921
General Correspondence File of the Manawatu County Ratepayers Association MDC 00064 1939-1939
General Correspondence File of the Tangimoana Community Council MDC 00062 1971-1983
Health License files HDC 00250 1980-1987
Index Maps for Aerial Photograph Series MDC 00520 1977-1991
Main Highways Expenditure Cash Book MDC 00556 1928-1934
Manawatu Council Council Minutes of Rongotea Improvement Society, Rongotea County Township Committee and Ratepayers Meetings MDC 00470 1950-1989
Manawatu County Council Accounts Ledger MDC 00421 1926-1936
Manawatu County Council Balance Sheets MDC 00059 1894-1988
Manawatu County Council Building Permit Form Books MDC 00193 1932-1989
Manawatu County Council Building Permit Record Books MDC 00441 1946-1972
Manawatu County Council Certificates of Registration of Premises MDC 00196 1977-1980
Manawatu County Council Contract Ledgers MDC 00442 1895-1923
Manawatu County Council Contracts MDC 00125 1937-1989
Manawatu County Council District Scheme HDC 00378 1983 (year approximate)-1984-07-01
Manawatu County Council District Schemes MDC 00538 1964-1982
Manawatu County Council Employee Earnings Record Cards MDC 00029 1958-1975
Manawatu County Council Employees Master File Dumps MDC 00431 1975-1989
Manawatu County Council Employees Social Club files MDC 00065 1937-1989
Manawatu County Council Engineers Certificates for Contracts MDC 00443 1938-1967
Manawatu County Council Expenditure Cash Books MDC 00417 1896-1919
Manawatu County Council General Ledger Cards MDC 00424 1974-1987
Manawatu County Council General Ledger Expenditure Analysis Reports and Expenditure Reports MDC 00430 1987-1988
Manawatu County Council General Ledgers MDC 00418 1878-1940
Manawatu County Council Himatangi Beach Community Council Minute Book MDC 00469 1974-1989
Manawatu County Council Impounding Register MDC 00465 1902-1959
Manawatu County Council Indexes to the Minute Books of Council Meetings MDC 00409 1957-1988
Manawatu County Council Inward and Outward Correspondence Files of the County Engineer MDC 00025 1941-1989
Manawatu County Council Inward and Outward Correspondence in Subject Files MDC 00024 1881-1988
Manawatu County Council Land Transfer Registers MDC 00435 1973-1986
Manawatu County Council Letterpress Copybook of Outward Correspondence - Overdue Rates MDC 00413 1901-1904
Manawatu County Council Letterpress Copybooks of General Outwards Correspondence MDC 00412 1877-1904
Manawatu County Council Licence Registers MDC 00440 1926-1979
Manawatu County Council Loans Account Ledgers MDC 00420 1894-1945
Manawatu County Council Loose Clippings MDC 00444 1896-1988
Manawatu County Council Main Highways Construction Ledger MDC 00422 1926-1930
Manawatu County Council Minutes of Committee Meetings MDC 00410 1926-1950
Manawatu County Council Minutes of Council Meetings MDC 00408 1877-1988
Manawatu County Council Minutes of Meetings of the Manawatu County Ratepayers Association MDC 00063 1939-1939