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West Ward

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for West Ward is 12,333, with a population density of 0.05 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

West Ward is bounded by the localities of Herekino, Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha, Mangapa-Matauri Bay and Waihou Valley-Hupara in the north, the locality of Pokere-Waihaha in the east, the Whangarei District and the Kaipara District in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1820s, when kauri trade, ship building industries and dairy farming were established. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly in the townships of Horeke, Kohukohu and Rawene. Timber milling remained an important industry until the early 1900s, when dairy farming became the dominant industry. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly in Kaikohe from the 1950s to the 1970s. The population declined in Hokianga North and Hokianga South during the 1960s and 1970s, largely due to the decline in small dairy farming. The population of the Ward declined slightly between 1996 and 2013, a result of few new dwellings being added and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

West Ward is a predominantly rural area, with small townships at Horeke, Kaikohe, Kohukohu, Omapere, Opononi, Panguru and Rawene, and numerous small settlements. Land is used largely for forestry, horticulture and farming (particularly beef and dairy farming), with tourism also being an important industry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Hokianga Harbour, Whangape Harbour, Kaikohe Airport, Hokianga Ferry, Hokianga Hospital, North Tec (Rawene Campus), Kaikohe Learning Centre (North Tec), Waiairiki Pools (Ngawha Hot Springs), Labyrinth Woodworks & Maze, Ngawha Power Station, Northland Region Corrections Facility, Clendon House, Hokianga Historical Society Museum, Mangungu Mission House, Pioneer Village, Te Waimate Mission House, Omahuta Forest, Pukewharariki Forest, Rakautao Forest, Tapuwae Forest, Tokawhero Forest, Waima Forest, Waipoua Forest, Warawara Forest, Rawene Domain, Mangamuka Gorge Scenic Reserve, Motukaraka Scenic Reserve, Tapuwae Scenic Reserve, Tane Mahuta (Giant Kauri), Koutu Boulders, Wairere Boulders, Kaikohe Speedway, Lake Owhareiti, Kaikohe Golf & Squash Club, Northland College Community Swimming Pool, Council offices, Twin Coast Cycle Trail and numerous schools.

Included areas

West Ward encompasses the localities of Hokianga North, Hokianga South, Kaikohe, Kohukohu, Ngapuhi-Kaikou, Oheawai, Omapere and Opononi, and Rawene.

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