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Concept

Name
Unitary authority
Description

A unitary authority is a territorial authority (district or city) which also performs the functions of a regional council. New Zealand has five unitary authorities: Gisborne district, Nelson city, Tasman district, Marlborough district, and Auckland Council.

The Chatham Islands council is not usually considered a unitary authority, although it acts as a regional council for the purposes of the Resource Management Act 1991.