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Invercargill (New Zealand)


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

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The flag

The Council introduced its current logo in February 2009. It takes its theme from the blade of grass sculpture outside the Council Administration Building in Esk Street and forms the letters ICC. Guidelines for the use of the logo have been made available to printers and the media.
The Invercargill City Flag would have been adopted some time after that.
John Moody, 7 November 2021

Pictures of the flag of Invercargill City council in use:
Olivier Touzeau, 7 November 2021

Invercargill is New Zealand's southernmost city, and the main regional urban area (and former Provincial capital) of Southland. Invercargill has a population of about 45,000 (40% of Southland's population), and sits close to the mouth of the Oreti River on the wide Southland Plains. The city was named for the first superintendent of Otago Province, Captain William Cargill (Southland was originally part of Otago). Industries in the area include sheep and dairy farming, fishing, and aluminium smelting. The city also has a thriving tertiary education sector and is a hub for tourism, especially given its proximity to Fiordland, New Zealand's biggest national park.
James Dignan, 7 November 2021

Coat of Arms

[Invercargill arms, New Zealand ] image located by John Moody, 7 November 2021

The Council's Coat of Arms was proposed in 1956 as part of Invercargill's centennial year and was first exhibited in June 1958. Today the Coat of Arms is used only as an official seal and on special occasions. The shield is supported by a pair of takahe, once thought to be extinct but rediscovered in Fiordland in 1948. The crown is the emblem of government. The wavy bars behind the ram's head are taken from the Arms of the House of Drummond, which is associated with Invercargill's namesake, Captain William Cargill. The foliage represents Southland beech and the motto Pro Communi Utilitate translates as "For the Benefit of the Community". The design also features a ram's head and two sheaves of wheat to represent Southland's farming traditions. The ship represents export activity.
John Moody, 7 November 2021