( 2006 Census )
|Kapiti Coast District|
Like other towns in the area, it has a partner settlement at the coast called Paraparaumu Beach, which lies directly opposite Kapiti Island. The two towns form part of the Kapiti Coast District. Together with the nearby Raumati and Raumati South they are among the fastest-growing urban areas in New Zealand, and are major dormitory towns with workers commuting to the cities that make up the Wellington urban area. The four towns between them have a 2012 population of over 49,000 people. Inland behind Paraparaumu is the Maungakotukutuku area.
Paraparaumu means "scraps from an earth oven" in Māori: "parapara" means "dirt" or "scraps" and "umu" means "oven". It is commonly abbreviated to "Para-Param", particularly by longer-term residents of European ethnicity, and simply "Pram" by local youth.
Paraparaumu is home to secondary school Paraparaumu College, with Kapiti College at nearby Raumati Beach and Otaki College in Otaki.
Kapiti Coast Airport is a popular recreational airfield and hosts the Kapiti Aero Club. Air New Zealand has daily flights between the airport to Auckland, Sounds Air operate to Blenheim and Nelson. Locally based Air2there operate to Blenheim and Nelson also.
Paraparaumu is located on the North Island Main Trunk Railway, on the Kapiti Line of Wellington's commuter railway network operated by Tranz Metro under the Metlink brand. Electrified commuter services were extended to Waikanae on 20 February 2011, and additional stations have been proposed at Lindale and Raumati. EM and FP class electric multiple units operate the commuter trains. Beyond Paraparaumu, Tranz Scenic operates two diesel-hauled long distance services: the Capital Connection between Palmerston North and Wellington, and the Overlander between Auckland and Wellington. Both trains stop at Paraparaumu. There are also feeder and local commuter bus services.
Born in Paraparaumu
- Christian Cullen – Rugby union footballer
- Stephen Kearney – Rugby league footballer and coach
- Wayne McIndoe – Field hockey player
- Drew Neemia – C4's Select Live host
- Andrew Niccol – Film director
Educated in Paraparaumu
- Peter Jackson at Kapiti College – Film Director
- Dane Coles at Paraparaumu College - All Blacks Player
- Karl Kippenberger at Kapiti College - Bass Player Shihad
- // PARR-ə-pə-ROW-moo, thouɡh typically pronounced // PARR-ə-PARR-ə- OO-moo. In Maori vowels are run together, even when they are brought together by the creation of compound words. See for example 
- Kapiti Coast Distinct Council, Community Profile
- Chris Maclean, "Wellington Places – Kapiti Coast", Te Ara