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The 2013 population for Arakura is 2,445, with a population density of 7.10 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Arakura is bounded by the localities of Waterloo East and Epuni East in the north, the locality of Glendale, Upper Fitzherbert Road and the Black Stream in the east, Parkway and the locality of Parkway in the south, and the localities of Waiwhetu South and Waiwhetu North in the west.

Name origin

Arakura is named from words meaning 'red' and 'path'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the early 1900s. Significant residential development occurred in the eastern and south-eastern sections from the mid 1940s into the 1960s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2006, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population and dwelling stock were relatively stable between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Arakura is a residential and rural area, with the residential areas located in the east and south-east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Haywards Eastern Hills Scenic Reserve, Arakura Park and one school.