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About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Otangiwai-Ohura is 1,023, with a population density of 0.01 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.

Name origin

Ohura is named from the Māori words “o” meaning “place of” and “hura” meaning “to uncover or uncovered spot”.

Profile areas

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the early 1900s, with land used largely for farming and timber milling. Coal mining was established from the 1930s. The population declined from the 1970s, largely due to the closure of the Tatu Coal Mine in 1971. The Ohura Prison was opened in 1972, and then closed in 2005. The population of the area declined between 1996 and 2013, due to little change in dwelling stock, a decline in dwelling occupancy rates, and the closure of the prison.

Land use

Ohura Rural is a predominantly rural area with a small township at Ohura. Land is used largely for farming, agriculture and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Taranui Golf Club, Ohura Museum, Waitewhena Reserve, Nihoniho Forest, Waitaanga Forest and several schools.

Included areas

Ohura Rural encompasses the Census area units of Ohura and Otangiwai-Heao.