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Paraparaumu Beach East

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Paraparaumu Beach East is 2,661, with a population density of 24.93 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 East is bounded by Ventnor Drive and Nikau Palm Road in the north, the locality of Maungakotukutuku in the east and south, and State Highway 1 and the railway line 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.

Profile areas
Paraparaumu Beach East

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 railway line was opened. Growth took place from the 1960s into the early 1990s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings continued to be added to the area and dwelling occupancy rates increased.

Land use

Paraparaumu East is a township area (residential and industrial land use), with some rural areas in the east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Kaitawa Reserve, Te Nikau Training Centre and two schools.

Included areas

This small area encompasses the eastern part of the locality of Paraparaumu Central.