Far North District
|Far North District|
|District||Far North District Council|
|• Mayor||John Carter|
|• Total||7,323.86 km2 (2,827.76 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2013 estimate)|
|• Density||8.0/km2 (21/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
|Postcode(s)||Map of postcodes|
The Far North District of New Zealand, as its name suggests, is the northernmost district within New Zealand, consisting of the northern tip of the North Island. The current mayor is former local Member of Parliament John Carter.
The Far North District is the largest of three territorial authorities making up the Northland Region. The district stretches from the capes and bays at the northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula past Ninety Mile Beach to the main body of the North Auckland Peninsula, where it encompasses both the Bay of Islands and Hokianga.
Northernmost town in the district is Kaitaia. There is a cluster of towns on the east coast around the Bay of Islands, (Kerikeri, Paihia, Russell, Opua, Kawakawa and Moerewa), the town of Kaikohe centrally situated to the west of them, and a cluster of small settlements on the west coast surrounding the Hokianga Harbour (Omapere, Opononi, Rawene, Panguru, Kohukohu, and Horeke).
The district has 58,300 people (June 2013 estimate), of whom 40 percent are Māori. Over the last 10 years the district's population has defied national (and worldwide) trends by becoming increasingly rural. The largest town is Kerikeri with a population of 6507, followed by Kaitaia with 4887, and Kaikohe, the seat of the District Council, with 3915.
The Far North District Council was formed through the amalgamation of the former Counties of Mangonui, Hokianga, Whangaroa and Bay of Islands and the Boroughs of Kaitaia and Kaikohe. The district has three wards – Te Hiku (in the north), Kaikohe/Hokianga (in the west) and Bay of Islands/Whangaroa (in the east).
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2013 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. Also "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
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