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Omata is located in Taranaki Region
Coordinates: 39°5′38″S 174°1′13″E / 39.09389°S 174.02028°E / -39.09389; 174.02028Coordinates: 39°5′38″S 174°1′13″E / 39.09389°S 174.02028°E / -39.09389; 174.02028
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictNew Plymouth District
Population (2006)
 • Total474

Omata is a locality in Taranaki, in the western North Island of New Zealand.[1] It is located on State Highway 45 just southwest of New Plymouth.[2][3]

The population was 474 in the 2006 census, an increase of 27 from 2001.[4]

The area was the site of the Omata Stockade, built to house soldiers during tensions at the time of the First Taranaki War in 1860–61, and is near the site of the Battle of Waireka on 28 March 1860.[5]


Clubrooms of the New Plymouth Clay Target Club near Omata destroyed by a tornado

Omata School is a coeducational full primary (years 1–8) school with a decile rating of 8 and a roll of 147.[6] In 2003, the school celebrated its 150th jubilee.[7]

Omata electorate[edit]

Omata was an electorate for the New Zealand House of Representatives from 1853 to 1870. Seven Members of Parliament represented the electorate in the 1st to 4th Parliament.


  1. ^ "Place name detail: Omata". New Zealand Gazetteer. Land Information New Zealand. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  2. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 34. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.
  3. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 84. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  4. ^ Quickstats about Omata
  5. ^ "The New Zealand Wars" by James Cowan, 1922, chapter 19.
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Omata School". Ministry of Education.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Jubilees & reunions: Omata-Hurford School 150th Jubilee". Education Gazette New Zealand. 81 (20). 4 November 2002.[dead link]