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Homebush-Te Ore Ore - Whareama

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The 2013 population for Homebush-Te Ore Ore - Whareama is 2,235, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Homebush-Te Ore Ore - Whareama is bounded by the Tararua District Council area in the north, the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Carterton District Council area in the south, and South Road, Manaia Road, the locality of Solway South, Makora Road, River Road, the Ruamahanga River, Black Rock Road, Te Ore Ore Bideford Road and Whangaehu Valley Road in the west.

Name origin

Homebush is named after an original property in the area. Te Ore Ore is named from Māori words meaning “the” and “to incite or shake to be alarmed”. Whareama is named from Māori words meaning “house” and “carved posts supporting the maihi (bargeboards)”.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1850s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Some growth took place during the early 1900s and the post-war years. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Homebush-Te Ore Ore - Whareama is a predominantly rural area, with small coastal and holiday townships at Castlepoint and Riversdale.

Major features

Major features of the area include Hood Aerodrome, Masterton Motorplex, Castlepoint Beach, Riversdale Beach, Castlepoint Lighthouse, Castlepoint Scenic Reserve, R V Hullena Sports Ground, Riverside Cemetery and several schools.

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