Otorohanga District

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Otorohanga District
Territorial authority
Otorohanga District.svg
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato
District Otorohanga District Council
Wards Kawhia/Tihiroa, Waipa, Wharepuhunga, Kiokio/Korakonui, Otorohanga
Formed 1979
Seat Otorohanga
 • Mayor Max Baxter
 • Deputy Mayor Deborah Pilkington
 • Total 1,976 km2 (763 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)[1]
 • Total 9,980
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website Otorohanga District

Otorohanga District is a municipality in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was formed in 1979 by renaming Otorohanga County. Max Baxter has been the mayor of Otorohanga District since 2013.


Otorohanga District is located south of Hamilton, west of Rotorua, and northwest of Taupo. Adjacent districts are (clockwise from the north) Waikato, Waipa, South Waikato, Taupo, and Waitomo. The seat of the district council is in the town of Otorohanga.

The district's population at the June 2016 was 9,980,[1] with Otorohanga being the main centre. Other places in the district include Oparau, Hauturu, Owhiro, Honikiwi, Puketotara, Te Kawa, Otewa, Maihiihi, Wharepuhunga, and Kawhia.[2] The district has a land area of 1,976 square kilometres (763 sq mi).[3] Otorohanga is the gateway to the Waitomo Caves, which is located 15 minutes away.[3]


After the land wars, the wider area of the King Country was a refuge for Tāwhiao, the second Māori King, and his followers. From 1864 to 1883, pākehā (white settlers) were not allowed into the area unless they had express permission. The district was used for farming from the late 19th century onwards. The first municipal government, Otorohanga County, was formed in 1922. In 1956, the northern part of Kawhia County and Otorohanga County were amalgamated. On 1 November 1971, Otorohanga Borough was subsumed into Otorohanga County. The Otorohanga District was declared in 1979 by renaming Otorohanga County.[3]


The district council is headed by a mayor, and complemented by seven councillors from five wards. The council wards are Kawhia/Tihiroa (two councillors), Waipa, Wharepuhunga, Kiokio/ Korakonui, and Otorohanga (two councillors).[4] The current mayor is Max Baxter, who in the 2013 local elections succeeded Dale Williams.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2016 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.  For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-16 (2017 boundary)". Statistics New Zealand. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Quickstats about Otorohanga District
  3. ^ a b c "About the District". Otorohanga District Council. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Otorohanga District Council Elected Members". Otorohanga District Council. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Leaman, Aaron (14 October 2013). "Business as usual as Baxter takes charge". Waikato Times. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

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