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Manuka - Tawhai

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Manuka - Tawhai is 5,055, with a population density of 4.86 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Manuka - Tawhai is bounded by the Hutt River in the north, Upper Hutt City in the east, the localities of Pencarrow and Naenae North in the south, and the locality of Delaney and Stokes Valley Road in the west.

Name origin

Manuka was named by a Māori explorer who set up a manuka post in the area as a sign of prohibition. Tawhai is named from a word meaning 'beech tree'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1850s when the first land sales were made. Land was used mainly for farming. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1940s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Manuka - Tawhai is a residential and conservation area, with the residential areas located in the western section, off Stokes Valley Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Korau Park Domain, Bodhinyanarama Buddhist Monastery and one school.