Paerata is a small settlement immediately to the north of Pukekohe, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on SH 22 some 10 kilometres south of the Manukau Harbour. Wesley College is located close to the northern edge of Paerata.
The name Paerata is a Māori term meaning a hill ridge (pae) bedecked with rata trees. Paerata was served by the Paerata Railway Station for more than a century, until the station was closed. Wesley College is located within the settlement.
- Reed, A.W. (1975) Place names of New Zealand. Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed. p. 313
- Orsman, Bernard (29 October 2017). "South Auckland satellite city gives Government room to expand". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
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