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Hunua (Māori pronunciation: [hʉˈnʉa]) is a small settlement in the rural outskirts of south Auckland, New Zealand. The Hunua Statistical area, which covers a much larger area than the settlement, had a population of 4242 people in the 2013 Census, an increase of 144 people from the previous census in 2006.[1]

Hunua is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) east of Papakura,[2] 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) from Hunua Falls and lies at the foot of the Hunua Ranges, from where Auckland obtains most of its water supply.[3] The literal translation of the Maori language word is 'mountainous and sterile land'.[2]

Hunua School, established in 1876, caters for Year 1 to 8 students.[4]


  1. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Hunua
  2. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 177. ISBN 9780143204107.
  3. ^ Waterhouse, Barry Clayton (22 April 2009) [First published in 1966]. "Hunua Ranges". In McLintock, A. H. (ed.). An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. ^ "A Brief introduction to our school". Hunua School. Retrieved 20 May 2015.

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Coordinates: 37°04′42″S 175°04′17″E / 37.0783°S 175.0714°E / -37.0783; 175.0714