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Fordell-Kakatahi - Marybank-Gordon Park

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The 2013 population for Fordell-Kakatahi - Marybank-Gordon Park is 2,904, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Fordell-Kakatahi - Marybank-Gordon Park is bounded by Ruapehu District Council area in the north, the Rangitikei District Council area in the east, the Tasman Sea in the south, and the Whanganui River, the suburbs of Putiki, Durie Hill, Bastia Hill, Kowhai Park and Wembley Park and the Whanganui River in the west.

Name origin

Fordell is thought to be named either after an estate in Scotland or after the four dells on the original property in the area. Kakatahi is named from Māori words meaning 'one or single parrot'.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line. The population declined slightly between 1996 and 2006, and then increased between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Fordell-Kakatahi - Marybank-Gordon Park is a predominantly rural area with some small villages. Rural land is used mainly for grazing, farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Whanganui National Park, Taukoro Conservation Area, Gordon Park Scenic Reserve, Ocean View Speedway, Whanganui Prison, Kaitoke Lake, Lake Kohata, Lake Pauri, Lake Wiritoa and several schools.