South Waikato District

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South Waikato District
South Waikato Territorial Authority.PNG
Population: 22,641
(territorial)
(2006 usual resident)
Main town: Tokoroa
Other towns: Putaruru, Tirau, Arapuni, Atiamuri
Iwi territorial authority
Name: Raukawa Trust Board
Kaunihera Kaumātua: George Deane (Chair)
Chairman: John Edmonds
General Manager: Dickie Farrar
Territorial authority
Name: South Waikato District Council
Mayor: Neil Sinclair
Deputy Mayor: Jenny Shattock
Chief Executive: David Hall
Extent: S of Hamilton to N of Taupo; W of Rotorua to E of Otorohanga and Ruapehu
Land area: 1,816.96 km² (701.53 sq mi)
Website: http://www.southwaikato.govt.nz
Regional council
Name: Environment Waikato (Waikato Regional Council)
Website: http://www.ew.govt.nz

The South Waikato District is a municipality in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located between the cities of Hamilton to the north, Rotorua to the east, Taupo to the south and Ruapehu District to the west.

The seat of the South Waikato District Council is at Tokoroa, the biggest town. The other main towns are Putaruru, Tirau and Arapuni.

As at the 2006 census, the district's usual resident count was 22,641, of whom 65% lived in Tokoroa. Putaruru's population was 3765, and Tirau's was 732. The region's population decreased markedly during the 1990s, dropping over 4000 since the 1991 census.

Ngāti Raukawa[1] is the Maori tribe of the area and goes back 20–25 generations. There are 32 marae in the district, including Papa te Aroha marae, Aotearoa marae, Pikitu marae (Nga-Huri), Pōhara marae (Ngati Koriki), Ngatira marae (Ngati Ahuru) and Tarukenga marae (Ngati Te-Ngakau).

The district's main industries are forestry and timber production. Several hydroelectric projects are located at the district's western edge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ngāti Raukawa". Te Ara.

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Coordinates: 38°09′58″S 175°51′54″E / 38.166°S 175.865°E / -38.166; 175.865