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(June 2014 estimate)
|Other towns:||Bulls, Hunterville, Mangaweka, Taihape|
|Extent:||Pukeokahu to Whangaehu;
Turangarere to Rangitikei River
|Land area:||4,479.42 km² (1,729.51 sq mi)|
|See also:||Palmerston North, Whanganui|
|Name:||Manawatu-Wanganui (Horizons Regional Council)|
The Rangitikei District is a territorial authority located primarily in the Manawatu-Whanganui Region in the North Island of New Zealand, although a small part, the town of Ngamatea (13.63% by land area), lies in the Hawke's Bay region. It is located in the southwest of the island, and follows the catchment area of the Rangitikei River.
Located north of Wellington, the district stretches from the South Taranaki Bight toward the North Island Volcanic Plateau, forming a trapezium-shaped block that includes the towns of Taihape, Bulls, Marton, Hunterville, and Mangaweka. The district has an area of 4538 km².
The population of the district was 14,712 at the 2006 census. The main town and seat of the district council is Marton, which had a population of 4,680 at the 2006 census.
The Whangaehu River partly runs through the northern extremity of the district. Its upper reaches were the scene of the Tangiwai disaster in 1953, New Zealand's worst rail disaster, in which 151 people lost their lives.
- Secondary schools
- Rangitikei College, Marton
- Nga Tawa Diocesan School, Marton
- Turakina Maori Girls' College, Marton
- Taihape Area School, Taihape
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- Rangitikei District Council
- Some information about the history of the Rangitikei District at www.movetothecountry.co.nz
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