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The 2013 population for Kawakawa is 1,221, with a population density of 5.39 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kawakawa is bounded by Bridge Street and Railway Road in the north, Whiteman Road and Ruapekapeka Road in the east, the locality of Pokere-Waihaha, Greenacres Drive and Settlement Road in the south, and the locality of Pokere-Waihaha in the west.

Name origin

Kawakawa is named from Māori words meaning “forest tree or shrub”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the mid 1800s. Kawakawa developed as a coal mining township from the 1860s. Growth took place during the late 1800s, aided by the opening of the railway line. Mining began to decline from the turn of the century, finishing in the 1930s. The population began to decline from the 1980s. The population continued to gradually decline between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Kawakawa is a township area (residential and commercial land use), with surrounding rural land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, Church Street Reserve, Johnson Park, The Hundertwasser Park, Kawakawa Swimming Pool, Kawakawa Memorial Library Centre and two schools.

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