SH2 through the centre of Katikati
|Region||Bay of Plenty|
|Territorial authority||Western Bay of Plenty District|
|Population (June 2016)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
Katikati is a town in New Zealand (North Island) located on the Uretara Stream near a tidal inlet towards the northern end of Tauranga Harbour, 28 kilometres south of Waihi and 40 kilometres northwest of Tauranga. State Highway 2 passes through the town; a bypass scheduled to have begun construction in 2008 is on hold.
Katikati was and remains a Maori community that derived from the waka Takitimu and is affiliated with the tribal group in Tauranga, Ngati Ranginui. It was later settled in 1875 by Ulster Scots people from County Tyrone in Ireland through the Orange Institution. The settlement was established by the Irishman George Vesey Stewart, who led two groups of settlers there aboard the ships Carisbrook Castle (1875) and Lady Jocelyn (1878). The land upon which the town was built was confiscated from local Māori after the Land Wars and was given to the settlers by the Central Government.
The settlement was formed from two distinct groups "the settlers useful and the settlers ornamental" referring to the tenant farmers and those with wealth. The settlement managed to withstand early economic problems and developed into a healthy town, based around farming and agriculture.
Katikati is known for its many murals painted on walls of commercial buildings, started in the 1990s as a project to regenerate tourist interest in the town and district, indeed the effort was recognised with the bestowal of New Zealand's 'Most Beautiful Small Town' award for towns of less than 8,000 population in 2005 by the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society.
- Alan Edward Mulgan, journalist, writer, and broadcaster
- Bunny Walters, singer
- Richard O'Brien, actor, director, and producer
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2016 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-16 (2017 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
- NZTA: Katikati Bypass
- BBC Northern Ireland report
- Brett, Henry (1924). "The Lady Jocelyn". White Wings Vol I. Fifty Years Of Sail In The New Zealand Trade, 1850 to 1900. Auckland: NZETC (Victoria University of Wellington). pp. 40–43.
- "Untitled". The Bay of Plenty Times. 12 October 1878. pp. 2–3.
- "Beautiful Cities and Towns 2005". Keep New Zealand Beautiful Society. Retrieved 2007-10-20.
- "Katikati Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media.
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Katikati College
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Katikati Primary School
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Matahui Road School
- Udy, Carly (23 November 2009). "Key becomes one of the kids on visit". The Bay of Plenty Times.
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