Balfour is a farming community and has a resident population of around 126 people. It is located in Northern Southland, nestled between the Hokonui Hills and the Mataura River.
The area was originally known as Longridge but was changed around 1888 due to confusion due to other areas with similar names. Industries have included farming, flax milling, coal mining, gold mining and limeworks.
Council representation and facilities in Balfour are listed below.
Balfour Community Development Area Subcommittee
Members of the Balfour CDA are: Paul Eaton, Ziggy Roy, Stephen Black, Ryan McMaster, Jamie Maginn, Chris James and Council representative Cr Brian Dillon.
The Balfour dog map - displaying where dogs are allowed, where they need a lead and where they are prohibited.