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The 2013 population for Akatarawa is 1,173, with a population density of 0.03 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Akatarawa is bounded by the Kāpiti Coast District Council area in the north, the South Wairarapa District Council area in the east, State Highway 2, the locality of Te Marua, the Hutt River, the locality of Totara Park, the Hutt River,and Lower Hutt City in the south, and Bulls Run Road, Paremata Haywards Road, Mt Cecil Road and Porirua City in the west.

Name origin

Akatarawa is named as a corruption of 'Akaterewa' which comes from the Māori words 'aka' meaning 'vine' and 'tarewa' meaning 'hanging, trailing or drooping'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth occurred during the late 1800s and early 1900s, following the establishment of timber milling. Gradual expansion took place during the 1950s and 1960s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Akatarawa is a predominantly rural area, with a small residential area in the south along Gillespies Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kaitoke Regional Park, Akatarawa Forest, Staglands Wildlife Reserve, Bluebank Blueberry & Emu Farm, The Wellesley Country Park, Edmund Lomas Park, Akatarawa Cemetery, the Akatarawa River, Silverstream Scenic Reserve and Trentham Scenic Reserve.

Included areas

This area includes the localities of Akatarawa, Cloustonville and Moonshine Valley.