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Onepu is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 38°02′24″S 176°46′12″E / 38.04000°S 176.77000°E / -38.04000; 176.77000
Country  New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty
Territorial authority Whakatāne District
Ward Rangitāiki

Onepu is a small locality in the Bay of Plenty Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Onepu is situated between Kawerau and Te Teko along State Highway 34, and lies immediately north-east of the Norske Skog Tasman pulp and paper mill. The locality also lies on the Murupara Branch railway. Onepu is situated within Whakatane District and is serviced by Rural Delivery route 2. A small airfield was located in Onepu, however it is no longer operational due to the geothermal projects running nearby.

The name "Onepu" comes from local Māori oral traditions. Historically, "Onepu" was also the name of the surrounding district, including the site of the present town of Kawerau.[2] The meeting house of Hahuru Marae at the Onepu locality is named after the mother of Tūwharetoa, the eponymous ancestor of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi.


External links[edit]

  • Onepu at the New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database