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Hokianga North

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Hokianga North is 1,857, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Hokianga North is bounded by the localities of Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha and Mangapa-Matauri Bay in the north, the localities of Waihou Valley-Hupara and Hokianga South in the east, Hokianga Harbour in the south, and the Tasman Sea and Whangape Harbour in the west.

Name origin

Hokianga North is named for the area north of Hokianga Harbour, which was named from the Māori word “hokianga” meaning “the circumstance of returning (of Kupe)”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1820s, when kauri trade was established. Growth took place during the late 1800s, particularly in Kohukohu which developed as a major timber port. Timber milling remained an important industry until the early 1900s, when dairy farming became the dominant industry. The population declined during the 1960s and 1970s, largely due to the decline in small dairy farming. The population continued to decline between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Hokianga North is a predominantly rural area, with small townships at Broadwood, Kohukohu and Panguru, and numerous small settlements including Mitimiti, Motukaraka, Motuti, Pawarenga and Rangi Point. Land is used largely for farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Hokianga Harbour, Whangape Harbour, North Head, Hokianga Ferry, Mangamuka Gorge Scenic Reserve, Motukaraka Scenic Reserve, Tapuwae Scenic Reserve, Kohukohu Wharf Reserve, Golden Stairs Track, Omahuta Forest, Tapuwae Forest, Warawara Forest, Kohukohu Town Hall, Umawera Hall and numerous schools.

Included areas

This area encompasses the localities (Census area units) of Hokianga North and Kohukohu.