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Mahoenui is a small community in the western North Island of New Zealand, on the Awakino River, near Piopio and Te Kuiti.

King Country farms from the air


The Croall family lived on the Awakino River in the 1920s and 1930s, eventually having to leave the land as uneconomic to survive by traditional farming methods. Charles Croall, sr., relocated to Hamilton, setting up a construction business (Croall Construction) to build houses en-masse for the government. These subdivisions became known as 'State house areas' and were typically inhabited by lower socio-economic communities. Large numbers of those houses have been sold to private buyers, both individually and in bulk.


Mahoenui has a small primary school. Its 2004 roll included six children.


Mahoenui is located in the King Country approx 50 km inland from the west coast of the North Island, the topography is hilly to mountainous, with small alluvial areas near the streams and river.

The township's location is at 38°34' S; 174°50' E.


The primary activity is sheep farming, with beef and dairy farming to a lesser degree.

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Coordinates: 38°34′36″S 174°50′37″E / 38.57667°S 174.84361°E / -38.57667; 174.84361