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South Island nationalism is a nationalist movement in New Zealand's South Island.


Active and inactive nationalist groups

  • NZ South Island Party was a New Zealand political party which was established to gain more representation for the South Island. The party stood for the 1999 election but they won no seats. In 2002 the party's registration was cancelled.[1]
  • South Island Party was a New Zealand political party standing for self-government for the South Island. Prior to the 2008 election the party abandoned plans to register and stand candidates itself, in favour of joining with South Island First, a non-partisan political lobby group aimed at attracting wider support for the concept of South Island nationalism without the distractions and divisions of being a political party.

South Island identity

The South Island has its own unique identity. Some claim this identity is rooted in resentment towards the North Island while Anna Rogers, a Christchurch writer, disagrees with this claim. She once said

"[South Island identity is] based on the kinder, cheaper, less-harried lifestyle of the South Island, as compared, most notably, with Auckland[2]"

South Island identity has been influenced by Scottish Identity which is more predominant in Southern Canterbury, Otago and Southland. The national personification of the South Island is the Southern man.


In 1840, the South Island's name was changed from 'Middle Island' to 'New Munster'.The province of New Munster was born in 1846. New Munster and New Ulster were split into new provinces in 1853, after the adoption of the New Zealand Constitution Act of 1852.[3] Later the island adopted its current name.

In 2007, Richard Prosser called for the establishment of a South Island Parliament.[4]

Kym Parsons' South Island flag.

Nationalist flag

South Island nationalists use flags to represent the South Island and their movement. There have been many flags proposed to represent the South Island, but none have been officially recognised. This is partly due to New Zealand being a united nation and not a federation, thus rendering the applications of such a flag rather limited.

See also


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