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The 2018 population for Paekakariki is 1,752, with a population density of 2.97 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 South is bounded by the locality of Paraparaumu Beach North and Martin Road in the north, the locality of Paraparaumu Central, Kāpiti Road and the Kāpiti Coast Airport in the south, and the Tasman Sea 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.

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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. Some growth took place during the 1920s as land was subdivided. Rapid development occurred from the 1960s into the early 1990s. The population increased between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings continued to be added to the area, with growth slowing between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Paraparaumu Beach South is a residential and recreational area, with some commercial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Paraparaumu Beach, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Eatwell Reserve, Kena Kena Park, Maclean Park, Wesley Knight Park, Paraparaumu Beach Shops and one school.