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Moerewa is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°23′9″S 174°1′11″E / 35.38583°S 174.01972°E / -35.38583; 174.01972
CountryNew Zealand
RegionNorthland Region
DistrictFar North District
 (June 2018)[1]
 • Total1,680

Moerewa is a small town in the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located close to the Bay of Islands five kilometres to the west of Kawakawa.

The population was 1431 in the 2013 Census, a decrease of 102 from 2006. The town is unusual for its high proportion of Māori - over 88% of the population.[2]

Moerewa is a service town for the surrounding farming industry. Its main industry is the freezing works. During the economic slump of the 1980s, many of the town's industries were badly affected, and unemployment soared. For this reason, the town's population has dwindled in recent years, although there are signs of an economic revival in the district.

History and culture

Moerewa has three Ngāpuhi marae:


Moerewa School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 1 and a roll of 228.[5]

Moerewa School opened in 1913,[6] and merged with Otiria School at the beginning of 2005.[7]


Moerewa is on State Highway 1.

Moerewa was formerly served by the Opua Branch of the North Auckland Line railway. The line was originally built to link the Bay of Islands with Whangarei, and the complete route opened on 13 April 1911.[8] From December 1925 until November 1956, the Northland Express train ran through Moerewa, providing a direct service to Auckland.[9] After it ceased to run, passengers were served by mixed trains between Opua and Whangarei until 18 July 1976. In 1985, freight services ceased and the line from Moerewa to Kawakawa was dismantled.[10] The line from Otiria, the present northern terminus, to Moerewa remains in place but is disused.


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2019". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Moerewa
  3. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  4. ^ "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.
  5. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Moerewa School". Ministry of Education.
  6. ^ "Moerewa School Closure/Merger". Education Gazette New Zealand. 15 November 2004.
  7. ^ "Moerewa School Reunion". Education Gazette New Zealand. 2 August 2004.
  8. ^ H. J. Hansen and F. J. Neil, Tracks in the North (Auckland: H. J. Hansen, 1992), 86-88.
  9. ^ J. D. Mahoney, Kings of the Iron Road: Steam Passenger Trains of New Zealand (Palmerston North: Dunmore Press, 1982), 13.
  10. ^ Churchman & Hurst 2001, p. 96.

Further reading

  • Churchman, Geoffrey B; Hurst, Tony (2001) [1990, 1991]. The Railways of New Zealand: A Journey through History (Second ed.). Transpress New Zealand. ISBN 0-908876-20-3.

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Coordinates: 35°23′S 174°02′E / 35.383°S 174.033°E / -35.383; 174.033