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Waikanae East

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Waikanae East is 2,178, with a population density of 5.15 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Waikanae East is bounded by the locality of Kaitawa in the north, Hemi Matenga Memorial Park in the east, Reikorangi Road in the south-east, the Waikanae River in the south, and the railway line and State Highway 1 in the west.

Name origin

The place name Waikanae is derived from the river of kanae (mullet) Hau saw while following Wairaka.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth through to the early 1900s. Rapid development took place from the 1970s, particularly during the 1980s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Waikanae East is a residential and rural area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kāpiti Coast Museum, Shotover Grove Reserve, Waikanae Memorial Park and two schools.