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Curtis, Barry, Sir.

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Curtis, Barry, Sir.


Sir Barry Curtis

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MNP OH 30a


Sir Barry Curtis held the position of Mayor of Manukau City for 24 years. In all he served the area for nearly five decades. This is part one in a series of interviews undertaken by Dionne Christian with Sir Barry at his home on 18 February 2010.

The series comprises eight interviews, 30a to 30h.

Sir Barry Curtis started his career as a surveyor and town planner before becoming a city councillor and then mayor, leading the city through a sustained period of growth and development. Sir Barry’s frequent references to “this magnificent city” and “New Zealand’s most progressive city” are legendary. During his terms as mayor he took many leading initiatives that balanced community development and economic growth, a key feature of the “Manukau Way”.

In this first interview Sir Barry talks about his family, his childhood growing up in Onehunga and his schooling at Otahuhu College. He explains how much his father’s Northern Irish background had shaped his view of life and encouraged his ideas about social equity and how this had a profound influence on his own views.

Dates covered:

2010 - 2011



Physical characteristics:

Digital wave files, 18 pages ( transcript )

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No restrictions.

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Auckland (Region) · Manukau City

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Council · council staff

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