Get HSTS headerGet HSTS header Curtis, Barry, Sir. | The Community Archive
Last updated: 28 September 2011

Curtis, Barry, Sir.

Collection | Ref # MNP OH 30e | Held by South Auckland Research Centre

What is it?


Curtis, Barry, Sir.


Sir Barry Curtis

Level of description:


Reference number:

MNP OH 30e


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 five in a series of interviews undertaken by Dionne Christian, with Sir Barry, at his home on 17 May 2011.

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

In this interview Sir Barry talks about some of the early and significant developments in Manukau City and the challenges of infrastructure planning. He also outlines his philosophies of urban planning and the importance of social equity in his decision making.

He talks in particular about the planning and building of the Manukau City Centre Shopping Centre opened on 20 October 1976, which was, at the time, the largest covered mall in New Zealand. He also describes the design process and construction of the Manukau City Council administration building opened on 19 February, 1977.

Other projects he discusses include the Shared Responsibility Scheme established by Manukau City Council in 1968, Barry Curtis Park opened in April 2009, and the creation of the major arterial road Te Irirangi Drive.

Dates covered:

2010 - 2011



Physical characteristics:

Digital wave files, 17 pages ( transcripts )

Access conditions:

No restrictions

Tell us more

If you have additional information about this Collection please tell us about it by adding comments on the summary tab.

0 comments have been added so far.

Associated with:


Auckland (Region) · Manukau City

People & organisations:


Council · council staff

We welcome suggestions from the public on these keywords / tags. If you feel some are incorrect or missing please make suggestions here.

Login or register to tag items