|Motto: Small town, big spirit|
|District||Far North District|
Kaeo has a BP petrol-station, a pharmacy, a Farm and Fuel store, a bookshop, eateries, a hairdresser, a bus company, two mechanics, a tyre-shop, a transport company, a Sanfords Fishery factory (closed down in December 2011), a Four Square shop incorporating a Post Office, a primary school with around 126 students and a college (high school).
Kaeo used to be a fortified village Pā of the Ngati-Uru sub-tribe. This tribe arrived in the Whangaroa Harbour as late as 1770- 1775, having been driven out of the Rawhiti area of the Bay of Islands, after killing and eating Captain Marion du Fresne, and his crew.
Built on the flood plain of the Kaeo River, Kaeo has experienced destructive flooding. It came to national attention in 2007 when it took the brunt of three major floods within the space of a few months - in February, March and July. Water flooded homes and shops and destroyed the local Primary School's pool-complex. The local Rugby Clubrooms also suffered, and the club received much support from the whole country as it raised funds to lift the clubrooms off the ground to minimise the risk of damage from further flooding. Landslips, fallen power lines, and road closures resulted from heavy rain in February 2008. The Northland Regional Council scheduled flood-protection work for 2008, but as of 2011 it is still waiting on various consents. Floods occurred as a result of Cyclone Wilma in January 2011, and 70 people had to be evacuated from Kaeo.
Kaeo Primary School, a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school, has a decile rating of 1 and a roll of 126. The school dates from 1877; it moved to its current site some years later. In 1941 it became Kaeo District High School, taking both primary and secondary students. After the opening of Whangaroa College in 1969, Kaeo School became a primary school.
Whangaroa College, a coeducational secondary (years 7-15) school, has a decile-rating of 2 and a roll of 80.
- Quickstats about Kaeo
- "66 jobs to go at Kaeo oyster plant". The Northern Advocate. 6 December 2011.
- "The Peopling of the North". Supplement to the Journal of the Polynesian Society. Volume 5 1896.
- "Call to stop town flooding a fourth time". The New Zealand Herald. 26 February 2008.
- "Kaeo people frustrated by continual flooding". Radio New Zealand. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Wilma departs leaving big clean up". The New Zealand Herald. 2011-01-29.
- "Te Kete Ipurangi - Kaeo School". Ministry of Education.
- "Our school". Kaeo Primary School.
- "Te Kete Ipurangi - Whangaroa College". Ministry of Education.
- Wilson, Susan (22 June 2004). "Rahera Windsor, London Māori leader". London: The Independent.