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About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Maxwell is 1,644, with a population density of 0.02 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Maxwell is bounded by the Ruapehu District Council area in the north, the locality of Fordell-Kakatahi and the Whanganui River in the east, the locality of Blueskin and the Tasman Sea in the south, and the South Taranaki and Stratford District Council areas in the west.

Name origin

Maxwell is named after George Maxwell, who was killed in a conflict with Māoris in 1868.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with some growth during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The population increased gradually from the mid 1990s as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Maxwell is a predominantly rural area. Rural land is used mainly for grazing, farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Whanganui National Park, Ka Iwi Beach, Tokomaru East Block Conservation Area, Mystery Block Conservation Area, Ahuahu Conservation Area, Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet, the Whanganui River and several schools.