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Meeanee - Awatoto

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Meeanee - Awatoto is 1,986, with a population density of 0.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Meeanee - Awatoto is bounded by Harold Holt Avenue, the suburbs of Pirimai, Onekawa South and Maraenui, Chambers Street, Napier Boy's High School, Te Awa Avenue and Ellison Street in the north, the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Tutaekuri River and the Hastings District Council area in the south, and the Hawke's Bay Expressway in the west.

Name origin

Meeanee is named after a province in Scinde, India, where Sir Charles Napier commanded troops in a famous battle. Awatoto is named from Māori words meaning 'stream or landing place for canoes' and 'hauling place'.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, although population was minimal until the post-war years. Meeanee developed as a small settlement in the 1940s and 1950s, servicing the surrounding dairy farms. The population increased from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area, with the greatest growth between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Meeanee - Awatoto is a rural, rural-residential and industrial area. Rural land is used largely for market gardening (grain and field crops).

Major features

Major features of the area include Maraenui Golf Club, Beach Domain, Papakura Domain, Meeanee Indoor Sports Centre, Meeanee Memorial Hall, Brookfields Vineyards and one school.