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Ruakituri-Morere - Frasertown

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The 2013 population for Ruakituri-Morere - Frasertown is 960, with a population density of 0.01 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ruakituri-Morere - Frasertown is bounded by the Gisborne District Council area in the north and north-east, the Pacific Ocean in the south-east, the localities of Mahia and Whakaki in the south, and the locality of Maungataniwha, Lake Waikaremoana and Waikaremoana Road in the west.

Name origin

Ruakituri is named after the Ruakituri River, with ruaki meaning 'to vomit' and turi meaning 'post of a fence' or 'water'. Morere is named from a Māori word meaning 'giant stride or swing'. Frasertown is thought to be named after Brevet-Major James Fraser, the military commander in charge of the district during the East Coast War.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1860s when Frasertown was established as an armed constabulary outpost. Growth took place in the late 1800s, with land used largely for farming, particularly horticulture. The population declined gradually between 1996 and 2013, a result of dwelling stock loss and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Ruakituri-Morere - Frasertown is a largely rural area, with a small settlement at Frasertown.

Major features

Major features of the area include Morere Hot Springs, Morere Springs Scenic Reserve, Lake Waikareiti, Ruakituri Valley, Te Reinga Falls, Wairoa Golf Club, Frasertown Hall, various caves and two schools.