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Gore District
Territorial authority
Location of the Gore District within the South Island
Location of the Gore District within the South Island
Country New Zealand
Region Southland
District Gore District
Wards Gore, Mataura, Kaiwera-Waimumu,Waikaka
Formed 1989
 • Total 1,251.62 km2 (483.25 sq mi)
 (June 2016)
 • Total 12,500
 • Density 9.99/km2 (25.87/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Website Gore District Council

Gore District is a municipality in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand.


The Gore District is located in the south of the South Island. The two neighbouring districts are Southland in the west and Clutha in the east. The district has a land area of 1,251.62 square kilometres (483.25 sq mi). The seat of the district council is in the town of Gore.

The district has a population of 12,500 (June 2016); Gore is the main centre. Other places in the district include Waikaka, Otama, Mandeville, Maitland, Croydon Bush, Whiterigg, Pukerau, Waitane, Waimumu, Charlton, Mataura, Tuturau, Ferndale, Kaiwera, and Otaraia.


The European history of Gore started in 1855 with the arrival of Scottish settlers. After the town site was surveyed, the provincial superintendent, James Alexander Robertson Menzies, named the site for his friend, the Governor of New Zealand, Thomas Gore Browne. The original name of the township, Long Ford or Longford, remained for some time, but when the railway reached the town, the shorter name became common and was also applied to the wider district. The township of Gore was incorporated and became a borough council in 1885.

In the local government reform in 1989, the Gore and Mataura borough councils and parts of Southland County Council were amalgamated to form Gore District.

Current body

As of 2016, the current council members are:-

Mayor Tracy Hicks JP
Councillors – Gore District Council Cliff Bolger
Nicky Davis
Peter Grant
Bret Highsted
Ralph Beale
Glenys Dickson
Doug Grant
Neville Phillips
John Gardyne
Ian Pottinger
Graham Sharp
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