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The 2013 population for Heretaunga is 1,194, with a population density of 4.14 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Heretaunga is bounded by the Hutt River in the north, the eastern edge of Trentham Memorial Park in the east, Fergusson Drive in the south, and the railway line in the west.

Name origin

Heretaunga is named from the Māori words 'here' meaning 'to tie up' and 'taunga' meaning 'to be at home, ie. Resting or mooring place for canoes'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with some growth through to the early 1900s. Rapid growth took place during the 1960s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2001, declined slightly between 2001 and 2006, and then was stable again between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Heretaunga is an established residential and recreational area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Trentham Memorial Park, Bartons Bush, Royal Wellington Golf Club, Silverstream Golf Park, Heretaunga Park, the Hutt River Trail and one school.