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Waitotara is located in Taranaki Region
Coordinates: 39°48′21″S 174°44′4″E / 39.80583°S 174.73444°E / -39.80583; 174.73444Coordinates: 39°48′21″S 174°44′4″E / 39.80583°S 174.73444°E / -39.80583; 174.73444
Country New Zealand
Region Taranaki
District South Taranaki District
Population (2006)
 • Total 66

Waitotara is a town in South Taranaki, New Zealand. Waverley is 10 km to the north-west, and Wanganui is 34 km to the south-east. State Highway 3 passes through it. The Waitotara River flows past the east side of the town.[1][2]

The population was 66 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 33 from 2001.[3] More than 30 homes were evacuated during flooding in February 2004.[4]

A local freezing works is a major employer.[5]


Waitotara School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 22.[6] The school was founded in 1874.[7]

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  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 44. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 104. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Quickstats about Waitotara
  4. ^ "Cyclone set to miss NZ but heavy rain coming". The New Zealand Herald. 26 February 2004. 
  5. ^ Maslin, John (15 May 2008). "Dannevirke works closure could mean expansion at Waitotara". Wanganui Chronicle. 
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Waitotara School". Ministry of Education. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to Waitotara School". Waitotara School.