|Territorial authority||Matamata-Piako District|
|• Mayor||Jan Barnes|
|Population (June 2015 estimate)|
|Time zone||NZST (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||NZDT (UTC+13)|
Morrinsville is a provincial town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, with a population of approximately 7,000. The town is located at the northern base of the Pakaroa Range, and on the south-western fringe of the Hauraki Plains. Morrinsville is around 33 kilometres east of Hamilton and 22 kilometres west of Te Aroha. The town is bordered by the Piako River to the east and the Waitakaruru Stream to the south.
The land for the town and surrounding farmland was purchased from the Maori owners on 13 December 1873. The town is named after Thomas Morrin,born in Canada. His father had emigrated from the Scottish town of Lockerbie to Quebec. Thomas purchased land on 31 March 1874 as an estate and built houses for the estate's workers . He hired Irish navvies from the gold fields to dig an extensive network of drains to dry the land, enabling it to be used for intensive agriculture.
Morrinsville is one of three towns, along with Te Aroha and Matamata, that serves one of New Zealand's most prosperous dairy farming areas. The area around Morrinsville is sometimes described as being the most intensively dairy-farmed areas in the world. It is from the dairy industry that the town gets its slogan of 'cream of the country'.
Dairy processing has been a notable industry in Morrinsville, most notably through the Morrinsville Dairy Company since 1922. The dairy company retained the Scottish link through prominently using the name Lockerbie. Today, after a series of mergers, the dairy factory is now operated by the Fonterra Dairy Co-operative. The factory processes 1.2 million litres of milk per day during the peak of the milk production season, producing milk powders, cream, butter and canned butter for tropical countries where refrigeration is not always available. The town also has a fertiliser and hydrogen peroxide plant.
Historically, Morrinsville was the railway junction for the Thames Branch and the East Coast Main Trunk Railway to Tauranga. The Thames line has now been closed, with a short shunt line - the Waitoa Industrial Line - extending to the Waitoa Dairy Factory. While freight trains continue, the last passenger trains to serve the town were the Kaimai Express and the Geyserland Express, both of which were cancelled in October 2001.
- Stephen Shepherd Allen (1882–1964), mayor of Morrinsville
- John Money (1921-2006)
- Constable Edward Best (1899-1941), born in nearby Annandale
- Vaughan Smith - radio host
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- The population is the sum of the totals for Morrinsville West and Morrinsville East. 2013 Census QuickStats about a place:Morrinsville West 2013 Census QuickStats about a place:Morrinsville East
- "Meet me... I like to talk"". 22 June 2010.