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Whangamata

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The 2013 population for Whangamata is 3,513, with a population density of 4.12 persons per hectare.

Name origin

Whangamata is named from the Māori words 'whanga' meaning 'harbour' and 'mata' meaning 'obsidian'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, although population was minimal until the 1870s when the township 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 during the 1930s and 1940s as land was subdivided in the northern area, and the 1950s in the southern area. Growth continued during the 1970s in the far northern section, aided by the building of the causeway to Moana. The population increased slightly between 1996 and 2001 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then declined between 2001 and 2013 as dwelling occupancy rates declined.

Land use

Whangamata is a township and holiday area, with some rural and rural-residential areas in the north-west and south-west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Hauturu (Clark) Island, Rawengaiti Island, Whenuakura (Donut) Island, Whangamata Beach, 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 one school.

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