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Curtis, Barry, Sir.

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Curtis, Barry, Sir.


Sir Barry Curtis

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MNP OH 30d


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 four in a series of interviews undertaken by Dionne Christian with Sir Barry at his home on 6 May 2010.

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

In this interview Sir Barry talks about his years as a councillor, from 1968 to 1983, some of the challenges the council faced during that period, and his election as the third mayor of Manukau City Council in 1983.

He talks about the acquisition of the land for the establishment of Manukau City, and the rezoning and transition of rural land into urban development and the development of Otara by the Government in the early 1960s. He discusses the philosophy of social equity and justice adopted by Manukau City Council, in particular its early commitment to a three-stage plan to establish swimming pools, libraries and recreation centres in all urban wards.

Dates covered:

2010 - 2011



Physical characteristics:

Digital wave files, 18 pages ( transcript )

Access conditions:

No restrictions

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Auckland (Region) · Manukau City

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Council · council staff

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