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For the New Zealand Māori executed in 1842, see Wiremu Kīngi Maketū.
St Peters Catholic Church, Maketu
St Peters Catholic Church, Maketu
Maketu is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 37°45′34″S 176°27′6″E / 37.75944°S 176.45167°E / -37.75944; 176.45167
Country  New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty
Territorial authority Western Bay of Plenty
Ward Te Puke
Population (2013)
 • Total 1,047

Maketu is a small town on the Bay of Plenty Coast in New Zealand.[1]

Maketu is located on Okurei point and has an estuary from which the Kaituna River used to flow out of, it is also adjacent to Newdicks Beach located on the south eastern side of Okurei point. Maketu's population dropped from 1176 in 2006 to 1047 in 2013.[2]

The bay of Maketu

It was the traditional landing site of the Te Arawa canoe. Maketu is named after an ancient kumara (sweet potato) pit in Hawaiki, the mythical place where, according to Māori oral tradition, the Māori sailed from.[1]

Maketu has a predominantly Māori population.

In 2011, Maketu was one of many areas along the Bay of Plenty Coast affected by the grounding of the MV Rena and the subsequent oil spill.[3]


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Coordinates: 37°46′S 176°27′E / 37.767°S 176.450°E / -37.767; 176.450