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Kaitaia East - Kaitaia West - Awanui

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Kaitaia East - Kaitaia West - Awanui is 5,226, with a population density of 5.52 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kaitaia East - Kaitaia West - Awanui is located in two separate sections. The northern section encompasses the locality of Awanui and is bounded by Spains Road in the north, the locality of Motutangi-Kareponia in the east, Prince Street and King Street in the south, and Duke Street, Matarau Road, the Awanui River and the locality of Motutangi-Kareponia in the west. The southern section encompasses the localities of Kaitaia East and Kaitaia West and is bounded by the locality of Herekino in the north, east and south, and Pukepoto Road, the locality of Herekino and North Road in the west.

Name origin

Kaitaia East and Kaitaia West are thought be named from the Māori word “kaitataia”, with “kai” meaning “food” and “tataia” meaning “arranged or set in order”. Awanui is named from the Māori words “awa” meaning “river” and “nui” meaning “large”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from 1834 when a Mission Station was established at Kaitaia. Land was used largely for crop growing and timber getting. Growth took place during the late 1800s, when Awanui developed as a port on the Awanui River, and Kaitaia developed as the commercial centre for the surrounding farming district. Significant population growth occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s in Kaitaia. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2013, a result of few new dwellings being added to the area, and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Kaitaia East - Kaitaia West - Awanui is a township area (residential, commercial and industrial land use), with some surrounding rural land which is used mainly for agriculture.

Major features

Major features of the area include Te Ahu Civic and Community Centre (including Far North Regional Museum), North Tec (Kaitaia Campus), Kaitaia Hospital, Awanui Sports Complex, Kaitaia Memorial Swimming Pool, Kaitaia Domain, Tangonge Domain, Arnold Rae Park, Bedgood Park, Centennial Park, Jaycee Park, Memorial Park - Kaitaia, Parkdale Reserve, Remembrance Park, Sunray Park, A & P Showgrounds Kaitaia and numerous schools.