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The 2018 population for Kawakawa is 1,467, with a population density of 8.47 persons per hectare.


Note: This page displays the area boundaries used for the 2018 Census. In some cases, these are significantly different to the pre-2018 areas. For more on this, see the Census 2018 page.

Location and boundaries

Moerewa is bounded by the locality of Pokere-Waihaha and State Highway 1 in the north, the locality of Pokere-Waihaha in the east and south, and Pokapu Road, the locality of Ngapuhi-Kaikou, State Highway 1 and Hautapu Road in the west.

Name origin

Moerewa is named from the Māori words “moe” meaning “to sleep” and “rewa” meaning “to float” or “sleeping like a floating bird”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for dairy farming. Growth took place during the early 1900s, aided by the opening of the railway line and the establishment of the freezer works. Moerewa developed as a service town to the surrounding farming area. Growth continued during the post-war period, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population declined from the 1980s due to the closure of the dairy factory and the modernisation of the freezing works. The population continued to gradually decline between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Moerewa is a township area (residential, commercial and industrial land use) with surrounding rural land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Nisbet Park, Simson Park, Taumatamakuku Reserve and two schools.