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The 2013 population for Kaikohe is 3,915, with a population density of 5.91 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kaikohe is bounded by the locality of Ngapuhi-Kaikou in the west, north and east, and Mangakahia Road, the locality of Ngapuhi-Kaikou and Rangihamama Road in the south.

Name origin

Kaikohe is named from the Māori word “kaikohekohe”, with “kai” meaning “to eat” and “kohekohe” meaning “a tree”. It was originally known as Opango.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for dairy farming. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the kauri gum trade and the opening of the railway line. During the Second World War Kaikohe was a base for an American army hospital and air force bomber unit. Kaikohe developed as a service centre to the surrounding rural area. The most significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly from the 1950s to the 1970s. The population generally declined slightly between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Kaikohe is a township area (residential, commercial and industrial land use) with surrounding rural land use. Rural land is used largely for beef and dairy farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Pioneer Village, Kaikohe Learning Centre (North Tec), Council offices, Brako's Reserve, Dress Circle, Kowhai Reserve (Log Cabin Reserve), Library Square, Lindvart Park, Memorial Park, Rawiri Taiwhanga Park, Reed Park, Northland College Community Swimming Pool, Twin Coast Cycle Trail, Kaikohe Memorial Hall, Kaikohe Senior Citizens Hall, Pakaraka Hall and numerous schools.

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