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Raupunga

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Raupunga is 630, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Raupunga is bounded by the locality of Maungataniwha in the north, the locality of Whakaki, the Wairoa River and the locality of Wairoa in the east, Hawke's Bay in the south, and the Hastings District Council area in the west.

Name origin

Raupunga is named from Māori words, with 'rau' meaning leaf, and 'punga' referring to the kowhai when the flowers begin to fall.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place in the late 1800s and again during the post-war years. The population declined between 1996 and 2006, a result of dwelling stock loss and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The population and dwelling stock were then relatively stable between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Raupunga is a largely rural area. Rural land is used mainly for farming, particularly grazing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Whakamahi Beach, Kotemaori Hall, Otoi Putere Hall, the Mohaka River and several schools.

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