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The 2013 population for Maraenui is 3,096, with a population density of 29.48 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Maraenui is bounded by the suburb of Marewa and parkland in the north, the Haparapara River in the east, the suburb of Meeanee in the south, and Riverbend Road and Latham Street in the west.

Name origin

Maraenui is named from Māori words meaning 'large courtyard or meeting area'.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s, with growth during the late 1800s. Rapid development took place from the 1950s, including public housing. The population generally declined from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock, and a decline in dwelling occupancy rates and the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Maraenui is an established residential area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Maraenui Shops Reserve, Fitzgerald Place Reserve and two schools.