Last updated: 28 September 2011

Curtis, Barry, Sir.

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

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Curtis, Barry, Sir.


Sir Barry Curtis

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Reference number:

MNP OH 30f


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 six in a series of interviews undertaken by Dionne Christian, with Sir Barry, at his home on 29 May 2011.

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

In this interview Sir Barry talks about some of the significant issues and controversies he dealt with during his time as mayor, including the development and management of Auckland International Airport and the sale of airport shares, transport links, Council dynamics and relationships. There is a discussion about some of the more infamous incidents that occurred in ‘South Auckland’, its perceived image and the steps taken to improve this perception. He touches on his vision as mayor, the ethos of public service, the pressures of his mayoral schedule and his relationships with staff.

Dates covered:

2010 - 2011



Physical characteristics:

Digital wave files, 20 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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