About the profile areas
The 2013 population for Herekino is 2,013, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.
Location and boundaries
Herekino is bounded by the locality of Motutangi-Kareponia and White Road in the north, the locality of Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha in the east, the locality of Hokianga North and Whangape Harbour in the south, and the Tasman Sea and the locality of Ahipara in the west.
Herekino is named from the Māori words “here” meaning “cord, or to tie, or string tied up”, and “kino” meaning “bad”.
2013 Usual residents
hectares (401 Km2)
persons per hectare
European settlement dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1880s. Growth took place during the late 1800s, with land used largely for farming and grape growing. Expansion occurred during the post-war years, but then the population began to decline from the late 1960s. The population fluctuated slightly between 1996 and 2013, due to small changes in dwelling stock and dwelling occupancy rates.
Herekino is a predominantly rural area, with some small settlements. Land is used largely for farming, particularly vineyards and fruit growing.
Major features of the area include Kaitaia Airport, Herekino Harbour, Whangape Harbour, Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve, Herekino Forest, Herekino Forest Track (Te Araroa), Herekino Gorge, Tauroa Lighthouse, Okahu Estate Vineyard & Winery, Waitapu Estate Vineyard Ahipara, Herekino Community Hall and several schools.
This area excludes the localities of Kaitaia East and Kaitaia West which are located in the northern section, and the locality of Ahipara which is located on the western coast.