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The 2018 population for Matawaia-Taumarere is 1,377, with a population density of 0.03 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

Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau is bounded by the localities of Mangapa-Matauri Bay and Kapiro, Pungaere Road, State Highway 10, Wakelin Road and the locality of Waitangi in the north, the localities of Haruru Falls, Paihia, Opua West and the Bay of Islands in the east, the locality of Pokere-Waihaha, Hautapu Road, State Highway 1, Waikaramu Road, Te Ahu Ahu Road, the locality of Ohaeawai and Lake Omapere in the south, and Lake Road, Imms Road, and the localities of Ngapuhi-Kaikou, Hokianga South and Hokianga North in the west.

Name origin

Waihou Valley-Hupara is named from the Māori words “wai” meaning “river” and “hou” meaning “new”. Okaihau is named from the Māori words “o” meaning “a place of”, “kai” meaning “to eat or food” and “hau” meaning “wind”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1830s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, aided by improved access. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population increased between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Waihou Valley-Hupara - Okaihau is a predominantly rural area, with some growing small settlements. Land is used largely for agriculture.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bay of Islands Airport (Kerikeri), Lake Manuwai, Lake Omapere, Opua Forest, Bay Sports Grounds Waipapa, Two Ponga Park, Ake Ake Vineyard, Fat Pig Vineyard, Okaihau Hall, Waipapa Hall and several schools.