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Titahi Bay South - Mana Island

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Titahi Bay South - Mana Island is 3,564, with a population density of 6.30 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Tītahi Bay South helps to make the suburb of Tītahi Bay. Tītahi Bay South is bounded by the Tasman Sea in the north and west, Toms Road, Tireti Road, Main Road and Tītahi Bay Road in the east, and Elsdon-Takapūwāhia in the south. Mana Island is located 2.5km to the west of Tītahi Bay.

Name origin

Tītahi, translated, means 'one cabbage tree'. Mana is a considerable shortening of Te Mana o Kupe ki te Moana Nui a Kiwa ('the mana of Kupe in crossing the great ocean of Kiwa'), or its alternate Te Mana o Kupe ki Aoteroa.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for sheep grazing, farming, fishing and market gardening. Population was minimal until the late 1800s. Growth took place during the 1920s when many holiday homes were built. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, including the construction of government housing in the 1950s. Growth continued during the 1960s. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2001, and then increased gradually between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added.

Land use

Tītahi Bay South - Mana Island is a residential, rural and parkland area. Mana Island became a Scientific Reserve in 1987, and since that time has been managed and administered by the Department of Conservation with assistance from the Friends of Mana Island.

Major features

Major features of the area include walkways, parks and reserves, Tītahi Bay Beach, Mana Island Scientific Reserve, Kemp Home & Hospital, Tītahi Bay Intermediate, Ngati Toa School (primary), Tītahi Bay School (primary) and the Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant.