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The closest town, Beachlands, lies approximately 4 km to the west. Its name is Māori meaning "meeting place by the sea". Maraetai was the original name for the smooth, calm tidal passage now known as Tamaki Strait, which is sheltered by Te Motu Arai-roa ("The Long Sheltering Island") now called Waiheke Island. The site of present-day Maraetai suburb was formerly the pā and kāinga (village) settlement known as Pohaturoa. In English, Maraetai means "meeting place by the sea". One of the better known functions of a marae is to facilitate hui (tribal gatherings).
Maraetai's residents do not use city mains water and instead must use water tanks and bore water. Many residents prefer it to be kept this way to maintain the town's rural aspect. Maraetai's beaches are popular destinations for other Aucklanders and are often crowded in the summer months.
Maraetai had a population of 2,346 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 147 people (6.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 483 people (25.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 831 households. There were 1,170 males and 1,176 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.99 males per female. The median age was 42.4 years, with 486 people (20.7%) aged under 15 years, 357 (15.2%) aged 15 to 29, 1,170 (49.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 330 (14.1%) aged 65 or older.
Ethnicities were 93.9% European/Pākehā, 9.5% Māori, 2.9% Pacific peoples, 2.9% Asian, and 2.0% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).
The proportion of people born overseas was 28.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.
Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.3% had no religion, 36.8% were Christian, and 2.3% had other religions.
Of those at least 15 years old, 498 (26.8%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 216 (11.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $48,700. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,047 (56.3%) people were employed full-time, 282 (15.2%) were part-time, and 48 (2.6%) were unemployed.
- "Beachlands Options For Sustainable Development" (PDF). Manukau City Council. July 2008. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Maraetai (157400). 2018 Census place summary: Maraetai
- "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
- Education Counts: Maraetai Beach School