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North Ward

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for North Ward is 17,472, with a population density of 0.07 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

North Ward is bounded by the Pacific Ocean in the north, the locality of Mangapa-Matauri Bay in the east, the locality of Hokianga North and Whangape Harbour in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s when a Mission Station and whaling base were established at Kaitaia and Mangonui respectively. Land was used largely for crop growing, timber getting and sheep and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the 1870s, with growth during the late 1800s. The most significant development occurred during the post-war years, particularly from the 1960s in Kaitaia. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

North Ward is a largely rural area, with small townships at Ahipara and Kaitaia, and numerous small settlements and holiday areas. Land is used largely for forestry and horticulture, including vineyards and fruit and nut growing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Herekino Harbour, Houhora Harbour, Mangonui Harbour, Parengarenga Harbour, Rangaunu Harbour, Whangape Harbour, Kaitaia Airport, Houhora Golf Club, Kaitaia Golf Club, Peppers Carrington Resort & Golf Club, Kaitaia Hospital, Te Ahu Civic and Community Centre (including Far North Regional Museum), North Tec (Kaitaia Campus), Awanui Sports Complex, Kaitaia Memorial Swimming Pool, A & P Showgrounds Kaitaia, Kaitaia Domain, Tangonge Domain, Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve, Butler Point Whaling Museum & Butler House, Subritzky Historic Homestead, Millennium Nocturnal Park, Aupouri Forest, Herekino Forest, Maungataniwhi Forest, Otangaroa Forest, Raetea Forest, Ninety Mile Beach, numerous other beaches, Te Paki Sand Dunes, Cape Reinga, Lake Ngatu, Lake Ohia, Lake Rotokawau, Lake Wahakari, Lake Waiparera, Cape Karikari Light, Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Tauroa Lighthouse, Ancient Kauri Kingdom, Butterfish Bay Estate Wines, Doubtless Bay Wine Company, Karikari Estate (Vineyard & Winery), Okahu Estate Vineyard & Winery, Waitapu Estate Vineyard Ahipara and numerous schools.

Included areas

North Ward encompasses the localities of Ahipara, Awanui, Herekino, Houhora, Kaitaia East, Kaitaia West, Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha, Motutangi-Kareponia, North Cape and Taipa Bay-Mangonui.