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The 2013 population for Pauanui is 753, with a population density of 1.32 persons per hectare.

Name origin

Pauanui is named from a Māori word meaning 'big paua' (large shellfish). This area is also known as Pauanui Beach.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1960s. Rapid development took place from the late 1960s when land sales of the Pauanui Ocean Beach Resort commenced, followed by the Waterways estate in the early 1990s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, with growth slowing between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Pauanui is a township and holiday area, with some rural areas in the south.

Major features

Major features of the area include Lakes Resort Golf Course, Pauanui Sports & Recreation Club (The Pines and The Lakes Golf Courses), Pauanui Beach, Pauanui Mini Putt, Gallagher Park, Kennedy Park, Pauanui Skate Park, Pauanui Shopping Centre, Tairua Harbour, Pauanui Airfield and one school.