Minute book, [Mangonui Township Highway Board] ; Mangonui County Council; 1872-1...
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Minute Book; [Mangonui Township Highway Minute book] 1872-1888
The first road/highway boards in the Far North were set up to administer the road/highway districts provided for by the Auckland Provincial Legislature in the Highways Act 1862. They were locally based and controlled committees of five men elected by their communities to administer roading activities in the district, funded by a combination of provincial government grants and local rates and taxes.
Following the abolition of provincial government, the 1876 Counties Act made the boards subsidiary to the newly created county councils, with the option for ratepayers to decide whether the two bodies should amalgamate. Roads'highways boards in the Mangonui County merged with the county council during the 1880's and 1890's.
The Mangonui Township Highway Board had its first formal meeting in November 1872, and functioned until its absorption into a new Mangonui County Council. Despite its name, it covered a wide area including Mangonui, Oruaiti, Whangaroa, Oruru, Peria and around the coast of Doubtless Bay.
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