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The 2013 population for Ahipara is 1,065, with a population density of 1.33 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ahipara is bounded by the locality of Herekino in the north, Sandhills Road, Ahipara Road and the locality of Herekino in the east, Waitehuia Road, the locality of Herekino and Gumfields Road in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

Ahipara is named from the Māori words “ahi” meaning “fire” and “para” meaning “large fern, or a species of cabbage tree”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the mid 1800s. Population was minimal until the 1870s, with growth during the late 1800s, spurred by gum digging in the area. Land was used mainly for farming from the early 1900s. The population declined from the 1950s as the gum trade diminished. The population increased between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then declined slightly between 2006 and 2013, due to little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Ahipara is a township area with surrounding rural land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kaitaia Golf Club, Ahipara Beach (part of 90 Mile Beach), Shipwreck Bay, Foreshore Road Reserve, Korora Park, Ancient Kauri Kingdom and one school.

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