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Waikanae West - Waikanae North

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Waikanae West - Waikanae North is 3,549, with a population density of 4.03 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Waikanae West - Waikanae North is bounded by the locality of Peka Peka in the north, State Highway 1 and the railway line in the east, the Waikanae River, Leybourne Avenue and Ngarara Road in the south, and the locality of Waikanae Beach 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 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Waikanae West - Waikanae North is a township area (residential, commercial and industrial land use), with rural areas in the north and north-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nga Manu Nature Reserve, Waikanae Village, Mahara Gallery, Edgewater Park, Karu Reserve, Motuiti Scenic Reserve, Russell Reserve, Wi Parata Reserve, the Waikanae River North Bank Walk, the Waikanae River and one school.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the locality of Waikanae West and the northern part of the locality of Waikanae Park.

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