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The 2018 population for Mahia is 1,119, with a population density of 0.02 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

Nuhaka - Whakaki is bounded by the locality of Ruakituri-Morere and Mangaone Road in the north, State Highway 2, the locality of Mahia and Nuhaka Opoutama Road in the east, Hawke's Bay in the south, and Kopu Road, Marine Parade, the locality of Wairoa, the Wairoa River and the locality of Raupunga in the west.

Name origin

Whakaki is named from a word meaning 'to fill', referring to the lagoon in the area.

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Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place in the late 1800s, and again during the post-war years. The population declined between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Nuhaka - Whakaki is a largely rural area, with small settlements at Nuhaka and Whakaki. Rural land is used largely for farming, particularly sheep and cattle grazing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Whakaki Lagoon, Ngamotu Lagoon, Ohuia Lagoon, Te Paeroa Lagoon, Mangaone Caves, A & P Showgrounds, Wairoa Aerodrome, Waiatai Reserve, Bremdale Garden of Eden, Unity Hall - Kotahitanga, the Nuhaka River and two schools.