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Paraparaumu Beach West

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Paraparaumu Beach West is 2,364, with a population density of 14.83 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

Peka Peka - Kaitawa - Te Horo is bounded by the locality of Ōtaki Forks, Te Horo Beach Road, State Highway 1, School Road and Blackburne Road in the north, the locality of Ōtaki Forks in the east, the locality of Maungakotukutuku, Ngatiawa Road, Reikorangi Road, the western boundary of Hemi Matenga Memorial Park, the locality of Waikanae East and State Highway 1 in the south, and the localities of Waikanae West, Waikanae Park and Waikanae Beach and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

Kaitawa is named from the Māori words 'kai' meaning 'food' and 'tawa' meaning 'tree'. Te Horo was named after the Otaraua Chief, Hau Te Horo.

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Paraparaumu Beach West

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming and grazing. Some growth took place during the late 1800s, following the opening of the railway line. Expansion occurred during the post-war years. The population increased substantially between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Peka Peka - Kaitawa - Te Horo is largely a rural and conservation area, with some growing residential areas along the coast.

Major features

Major features of the area include Peka Peka Beach, Te Horo Beach, Hemi Matenga Memorial Park, the Parata Walking Track, Kohekohe Walk and one school.