Trends in local authority infrastructure expenditure : an investigation of urban areas in New Zealand, 1946-1971 : a thesis ... presented for the degree of Master of Arts in Geography at Massey University

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The pattern of Local Authority expenditure on infrastructure provision is examined for urban areas of 5000 plus in New Zealand, for the post-war period. Infrastructure is divided into two major categories, Economic Overhead Capital (EOC) and Social Overhead Capital (SOC), under which a number of components have been placed. The use of mean per capita for both actual and real expenditure for five year periods has been used, rather than examining expenditure on a yearly basis. This enabled a leveling out of fluctuations in expenditure. Examination of expenditure is divided into two major areas of concern. Firstly, infrastructure expenditure is analysed in respect to the categories of EOC and SOC for: towns within different population size groupings; population density groupings; and a North Island – South Island comparison of urban areas of similar size. Secondly, infrastructure expenditure of both EOC and SOC combined is analysed for: urban areas within regions at different stages of economic development; metropolitan areas compared with; a) other regional centres within a certain radius and b) towns within different population size groupings; and for a regional urban system, using the Taranaki region as a case study.
Local finance, New Zealand