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Kopuaranga

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Kopuaranga is 1,569, with a population density of 0.03 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Kopuaranga is bounded by the Tararua District Council area in the north, Whangaehu Valley Road in the east, Te Ore Ore Bideford Road, Black Rock Road, the Ruamahanga River, State Highway 2, Loop Line, the locality of Opaki-Fernridge, Upper Plain Road, Evans Road, Skeets Road, West Bush Road and Upper Manaia Road in the south, and the Waingawa River, the Carterton District Council area and the Horowhenua District Council area in the west.

Name origin

Kopuaranga is named from Māori words meaning 'deep hole' and 'shoal of fish'. It was formerly known as The Camp and Dreyerton.

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 increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Kopuaranga is a predominantly rural area.

Major features

A major feature of the area is Mauriceville School.

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