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Taumarunui Central

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The 2018 population for Taumarunui Central is 1,491, with a population density of 2.69 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

Waimarino is named from the Māori words “wai” meaning “water or stream” and “marino” meaning “calm or still”. Waiouru is named from the Māori words “wai” meaning “water or stream” and “uru” meaning “west”.

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Taumarunui Central

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1870s, with land used mainly for sheep grazing, farming and timber milling. Some growth took place during the early 1900s. Land at Waiouru was purchased by the Army in the 1930s, with the Military Base established in 1940. The population halved between 1996 and 2013, largely due to downsizing of the Military Camp, and a decline in dwelling stock and dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Waimarino/Waiouru is a rural area with a military base at Waiouru. Rural land is used mainly for farming and forestry.

Major features

Major features of the area include Whanganui National Park, Turoa Ski Area, Mount Ruapehu, Waiouru Military Camp, National Army Museum, Waiouru Golf Club, Waimarino Golf Club (Ruapehu Golf), Lake Moawhango, Moawhango Dam, Bridge to Nowhere, Rotokura Ecological Reserve, The Lakes Reserve, Karioi Forest, Waimarino Forest and one school.

Included areas

This area encompasses the Census area units of Tangiwai and Waiouru, but excludes the Census area units of Ohakune and Raetihi.