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Part of the Ohura township

Ohura is a small town in the west of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located to the west of Taumarunui in the area known as the King Country, in inland Manawatu-Wanganui. it lies on the banks of the Mangaroa River, a tributary of the Ohura River which is a tributary of the Whanganui River.

Ohura was the centre for coal mining in the region with coal mines operating through to circa 1965, where previously the mines and railway network had been a major part of local industry. Today coal mining is returning to the district with many of the old originally uneconomic mines being reopened.[citation needed]

In the 2006 census, the population of Ohura was 165 people, a decrease of 57 since 2001.[1] In 2013 it had fallen to 129.[2]

A centre piece of the town is the Ohura Museum which provides a repository for much of the history of Ohura and the surrounding area.


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Coordinates: 38°50′S 174°59′E / 38.833°S 174.983°E / -38.833; 174.983