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Population: 2,244 (2001)
Territorial authority
Name: Palmerston North City

Aokautere is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. It is situated in the cliffs on the south banks of the Manawatu River.


Aokautere is named after Te Aokautere, a great Rangitāne chief during the late 18th century. In the 19th century, it was known as Fitzherbert, after the politician William Fitzherbert who promoted settlement of the Manawatu. The Fitzherbert East Dairy Factory building still carries the name these days.[1]


In 2001, it had a resident population of 2,244. [1]


Aokautere is a fast-growing suburb. It is noted for its views of the Ruahine and Tararua Ranges (with the Wind Turbine Farms). On a clear day, it is possible to see Ruapehu.

Anzac Park was also a favourite attraction, until the gates were closed.

Aokautere is also home to the International Pacific College

Main streets[edit]

Main streets include:

  • Summerhill Drive
  • Ruapehu Drive
  • Aokautere Drive
  • Turitea Road
  • Old West Road
  • Pahiatua Track
  • Fitzherbert East Road

Local and central government representation[edit]

  • Aokautere is a part of the Ashhurst-Fitzherbert Ward in the Palmerston North City Council. It shares this with other suburbs; Linton and Turitea.
  • Prior to 1996, Aokautere was part of the Manawatu electorate. However, due to the reformation of the electoral system from FPP to MMP, the electorate of Palmerston North's boundaries were redrawn to include Aokautere.
  • Palmerston North's electorate boundaries were redrawn in 2007 and Aokautere was shifted to the Rangitikei electorate. Rangitikei as of 2012 is represented by National MP Ian McKelvie, nominated to replace Simon Power who retired from politics. McKelvie was elected in 2011.


  1. ^ "Aokautere". OurRegion Manawatu. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 

Coordinates: 40°22′S 175°40′E / 40.367°S 175.667°E / -40.367; 175.667