The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The County Of Hawke's Bay
The County Of Hawke's Bay has an area of 3,232 square miles, and a population of 7,700. The rateable value is £3,800,000, on which a general rate of ¾ d in the £ is levied. Upon the abolition of the Hawke's Bay Provincial Council, the County Council, incorporated in 1876, came into existence. It has the entire management of the public affairs of the county, and meets on the second Monday in each month, at the council offices, which are situated in Tennyson Street, Napier. The Council is elected triennially. Members for the year 1906: Messrs R. D. D. McLean (chairman), Stanley Bennett, I. Simson, W. K. White, J. J. Rathie, G. P. Donnelly, T. E. Crosse, T. M. Chambers, and W. Shrimpton. Mr. A. H. Ferguson is county clerk, Mr. C. D. Kennenedy, consulting engineer, and Mr. John Orr is road overseer.