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Timaru (New Zealand)

Canterbury Region

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[Timaru, New Zealand ] image by John Moody, 4 January 2022

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This flag with a blue and green logo separated by a winding shoreline dates from 2018 on and replaces the previous flag.
John Moody, 5 January 2022

Timaru District is a local government district in New Zealand's South Island administered by the Timaru District Council. It is part of the Canterbury region. There are 48,400 inhabitants in the district and the main town is Timaru (28,600 inhabitants).
Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2021

The district is a fairly thin sliver of the central South Island, stretching from Timaru itself on the east coast inland across the Canterbury plains to the Southern Alps (which explains the design of the logo). The District has an area of about 2500 square km (1000 square mi) and a population of just under 50,000, and is part of the Canterbury Region. Main industries include farming (sheep and cattle), and Timaru itself is a fishing and cargo port, with associated light industry.

The port town of Timaru is still widely regarded as a city and often called as such, although it lost its official status during local government restructuring in the late 1980s. It has a population of about 30,000. It sits on the coast of Caroline Bay, about halfway between the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin. Its name (pronounced with the stress on the U) is Maori, and either means "The sheltered place" (Te Maru) or "The shade/shelter of the cabbage tree" (Ti Maru).

Most of the rest of the district's population is close to the coast, with other towns including Temuka and Geraldine.
James Dignan, 5 January 2022

Previous flag

[Timaru, New Zealand ] image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2021

A flag made of the former logo before 2015 of Timaru District Council could be spotted on the council's seat until 2019:
"It might be looking a bit shabby at the moment, but the flag near the top of the Timaru District Council's headquarters on George St, Timaru, is due for a makeover. The flag, which flies just below the Light of Remembrance, has been in tatters for some time now, and council spokesman Stephen Doran said the rough weather at the end of 2018 had taken its toll. "We're currently working on procuring on a new flag with the updated logo, or possibly the town crest." He said the replacement would cost probably "a couple of hundred bucks" as it was just a fabric print." "
A picture before it got tattered:

Photographs taken since 2019 show that the flag was in fact replaced by a NZ national flag:

Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2021