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Rural community
Takapau is located in North Island
Coordinates: 40°02′S 176°21′E / 40.033°S 176.350°E / -40.033; 176.350
CountryNew Zealand
RegionHawke's Bay
Territorial authorityCentral Hawke's Bay District

Takapau is a small rural community in the Central Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. It is located 20 kilometres west of Waipukurau, off State Highway 2, and has a population of more than 500.[1]

The original township was founded in 1876 by farmer Sydney Johnston from Oruawharo station. Johnston's family donated land for a school and churches, and built the local library, public hall and, later, Plunket rooms. Many streets are named after members of the family.[1]

Takapau was once the centre of a large flax milling industry, and the community takes its name from the flax that grew in the expansive Takapau plains. The Māori word translates literally as "mat" or "carpet".[1]

The largest business in Takapau is now the Silverfern Farms meat-processing plant, founded by the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Meat Company in 1981. Kintail Honey, one of country's largest honey-packing and beekeeping operations, is also based in the town.[1]

There are two marae and two schools at Takapau and a Trappist monastery, Southern Star Abbey nearby.


  1. ^ a b c d Pollock, Kerryn. "Takapau". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Coordinates: 40°02′S 176°21′E / 40.033°S 176.350°E / -40.033; 176.350