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Part of the Ohura township

Ohura or Ōhura is a small town in the west of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located to the west of Taumarunui in the area known as the King Country, in inland Manawatu-Wanganui. it lies on the banks of the Mangaroa River, a tributary of the Ohura River which is a tributary of the Whanganui River.

Ohura was the centre for coal mining in the region,[1] operating through to circa 1965, where previously the mines, railway network and farming had been major parts of the local industry.

In the 2006 census, the population of Ohura was 165 people, a decrease of 57 since 2001.[2] In 2013 it had fallen to 129.[3]

A proud piece of the town is the Ohura Museum which provides a repository for much of the history of Ohura and the surrounding area.

Te Rukirangi Marae and Papakainga meeting house is located in Ohura.[4] It is the tribal meeting ground of the Ngāti Maniapoto hapū of Te Rukirangi.[5]

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  1. ^ Cairns, John (2013). Coal in my blood. ISBN 9780473229290.
  2. ^ Quickstats about Ohura
  3. ^ 2013 census results for usually resident population.
  4. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  5. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  6. ^ Cooke, Ron (2013). Roll back the years No 6. Taumarunui & Districts historical Society Inc. p. 849. ISBN 978-0-9582984-5-2.

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Coordinates: 38°50′35″S 174°58′55″E / 38.84306°S 174.98194°E / -38.84306; 174.98194