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Mataraua Forest

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Mataraua Forest is 513, with a population density of 0.02 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

Taipa Bay-Mangonui is bounded by the Pacific Ocean in the north, Mangonui Harbour in the east, and the locality of Karikari Peninsula-Maungataniwha in the south and west.

Name origin

Taipa Bay-Mangonui is thought to be named from the Māori words “taipa” meaning “dividing fence or boundary”, “mango” meaning “shark”, and “nui” meaning “large or many”.

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Mataraua Forest

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s when a whaling base was established at Mangonui. Mangonui then became a thriving port, with surrounding land used mainly for farming and timber getting. Growth took place from the mid to late 1800s. Mangonui declined as a shipping port in the 1950s. Permanent and holiday growth took place in Cable Bay and Coopers Beach from the post-war years. The population generally increased slightly between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Taipa Bay-Mangonui is a township and holiday area which includes the small settlements of Cable Bay, Cooper Beach, Mangonui and Taipa.

Major features

Major features of the area include Mangonui Harbour, several beaches, Mangonui Wharf, Cable Bay Reserve, Coopers Beach Reserve, Taipa Point Reserve, Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve, Mangonui Reclamation, Mangonui Hall, Oruru Community Hall and two schools.