Kennedy Bay

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Kennedy Bay
Kennedy Bay is located in North Island
Kennedy Bay
Kennedy Bay
Coordinates: 36°40′51″S 175°33′14″E / 36.68083°S 175.55389°E / -36.68083; 175.55389
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato
District Thames-Coromandel District

Kennedy Bay (also called Kennedy's Bay and Harataunga) is a locality in the north eastern Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. The Harataunga and Omoho Streams flow from the Coromandel Range past the settlement and into the bay to the east.[1][2]

There are several companies aquafarming paua,[3] lobster[4] and mussels[5] in the bay.


The area originally belonged to Ngāti Huarere, who gave it to Ngāti Tamatera in recognition of their help after a conflict with Ngāti Hei. They gave it to Ngāti Porou, who had used it as a shelter during trading trips to Auckland, in thanks for assistance against the Ngā Puhi in the Musket Wars of the early 19th century.[6][7][8]

In July 1815, the schooner Brothers and the Trial were attacked by local Māori with the loss of several crew from both vessels. The incident may have been provoked by unscrupulous trading by a Captain Hovell earlier.[9]


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Harataunga is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 19.[10] It is a Kura Kaupapa Māori school which teaches fully in the Māori language.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 16. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 36. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Hard Road to Success for Coromandel Paua Farmers" (PDF). Te Reo o Te Tini a Tangaroa (55): 7. June 2000. 
  4. ^ "Rock lobster catch slashed by 30pc". The New Zealand Herald. March 23, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Council Approves Mussel Farm Expansion". Environment Waikato. October 16, 2001. 
  6. ^ "Te Arawa peoples". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  7. ^ Michael King (1993). The Coromandel. Auckland: Tandem Press. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-908884-29-X. 
  8. ^ "Ngāti Porou - Tribal boundaries and resources". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  9. ^ "Early New Zealand European Shipping". 
  10. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Harataunga". Ministry of Education. 

Coordinates: 36°40′51″S 175°33′14″E / 36.68083°S 175.55389°E / -36.68083; 175.55389