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Otaki Forks

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Otaki Forks is 774, with a population density of 0.09 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

Paraparaumu Beach North - Kāpiti Island includes a land-bound section and Kāpiti Island. The land-bound section is bounded by the Tasman Sea in the north, the locality of Otaihanga in the east, generally by The Drive, Mazengarb Road and Hollis Road in the south, and Martin Road and the locality of Paraparaumu Beach South in the west.

Name origin

The place name Paraparaumu means morsels and sediment. It is said Hau likened the sea foam on the shoreline to the morsels around a huge oven. Kāpiti Island is derived from the full name Te Waewae Kāpiti o Tara rāua ko Rangitāne (The joined footprints of Tara and Rangitāne). Kāpiti Island indicated the land boundaries for both iwi; Ngāi Tara - Kāpiti Island South and Rangitāne - Kāpiti Island North.

Profile areas
Otaki Forks

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1870s, with land used mainly for farming and orcharding. Population was minimal until the late 1880s when the nearby railway line was opened, with expansion again during the 1920s. Rapid growth took place from the 1960s into the 1980s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Paraparaumu Beach North - Kāpiti Island is a residential, parkland and conservation area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kāpiti Island, Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve, Paraparaumu Beach, Kāpiti Marine Reserve, Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, Esplanade Reserve, Te Atiawa Park, the Waikanae River and one school.