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Whangamata Community Board

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Whangamata Community Board is 3,870, with a population density of 0.23 persons per hectare.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1870s when the township of Whangamata was established. Land was used mainly for gum digging, gold mining and logging. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. More substantial development occurred in the township between the 1930s and 1950s. Growth continued during the 1970s, mainly in the township. The population increased marginally between 1996 and 2001 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then declined slightly between 2001 and 2013, largely a result of a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Whangamata Community Board is a largely rural area, with a township and holiday area on the south-eastern coast at Whangamata, and villages at Onemana and Opoutere.

Major features

Major features of the area include Onemana Beach, Opoutere Beach, Whangamata Beach, Hauturu (Clark) Island, Rawengaiti Island, Whenuakura (Donut) Island, several smaller islands, Whangamata Estuary, Whangamata Marina, Whangamata Golf Club, Coast Guard Reserve, Island View Reserve, Park Avenue Reserve, Trailer Park Reserve, Williamson Park, Aiken Road Sportsground and two schools.