South Waikato District

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South Waikato District
South Waikato Territorial Authority.PNG
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictSouth Waikato District
 • MayorJenny Shattock
 • Deputy MayorJeff Gash
 • Total1,816.96 km2 (701.53 sq mi)
 (June 2018)[1]
 • Total24,400
 • Density13/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
WebsiteSouth Waikato District Council

South Waikato District is a local government district in the Waikato Region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located between the cities of Hamilton to the north, Rotorua to the east, Taupo to the south and Ruapehu District to the west.

The seat of the South Waikato District Council is at Tokoroa, the biggest town. The other main towns are Putaruru, Tirau and Arapuni.


The district's population at the June 2018 was 24,400,[1] of whom 58% lived in Tokoroa. Putaruru's population was 3,777, and Tirau's was 690. The region's population decreased markedly during the 1990s, dropping over 4000 since the 1991 census.

Ngāti Raukawa[2] is the Maori tribe of the area and goes back 20–25 generations. There are 32 marae in the district, Papa te Aroha marae (Catholic Community), Aotearoa marae, Pikitu marae (Nga-Huri), Pōhara marae (Ngati Koroki), Whakaaratamaiti marae (Ngati Mahana), Mangakaretu marae (Ngati Ahuru), Ngatira marae (Ngati Ahuru), Tarukenga marae (Ngati Te-Ngakau), Mokai marae (Ngati Te Kohera), Ongaroto marae (Ngati Whaita), Paparamu marae (Ngati Te Apunga), Te Ruapeka marae (Ngati Tukorehe), among others

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South Waikato District consists of the following towns, localities, settlements and communities:

1 - partly shared with Rotorua District


The district's main industries are forestry and timber production, however land previously in plantation forest is increasingly being converted to dairy production. Several hydroelectric projects are located at the district's western edge.


  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Ngāti Raukawa Archived 2007-03-28 at the Wayback Machine". Te Ara.

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Coordinates: 38°09′58″S 175°51′54″E / 38.166°S 175.865°E / -38.166; 175.865