Te Kauwhata

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Te Kauwhata is a small town in the north of the Waikato region of New Zealand, situated close to the western shore of Lake Waikare, some 40 km north of Hamilton. Te Kauwhata had a population of 1,473 at the 2013 New Zealand census, an increase of 279 people since the 2006 census. There were 672 males and 801 females.[1] 82.0% were European/Pākehā, 20.6% were Māori, 3.0% were Pacific peoples and 3.3% were Asian.[2]

The Maori name, "Te Kauwhata" means: te: the; kau: empty; whata: storehouse - The Empty Storehouse.[3][dubious ]

Te Kauwhata is the site of a range of farms, including dairy and dry stock, as well as extensive horticulture. Of note is that Te Kauwhata, or "TK" as the locals say, is bordered by the largest swamp in the southern hemisphere, otherwise known as the Whangamarino Swamp.[citation needed]


Te Kauwhata lies at the centre of one of New Zealand's smaller wine-producing regions, which stretches from Pukekohe, just south of Auckland, across to Thames and Paeroa at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. The region is particularly notable for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc wines.[4]

A government research station was set up in 1886 to explore different crop options. Romeo Bragato took over the running of this station in 1901,[5] with the first wine produced there in 1903.[6] The research station was in private hands, as part of Rongopai wines, and has been subsequently bought out by Babich Wines, but the original buildings are still in use as a cellar door. In February 2016, Invivo Wines, producer of Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc, announced it had secure a 10-year lease of this winery.[7]


The local Waikare Marae and Ngāti Hine meeting house is a traditional meeting ground for the Waikato Tainui hapū of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Pou and Ngāti Taratikitiki.[8][9]


Te Kauwhata has a primary school and three early childhood learning centres.

Te Kauwhata College runs from years 7 through to year 13.

Coordinates: 37°24′S 175°09′E / 37.400°S 175.150°E / -37.400; 175.150


  1. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Te Kauwhata
  2. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place (Cultural diversity) : Te Kauwhata
  3. ^ https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/maori-language-week/1000-maori-place-names
  4. ^ "Te Kauwhata Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media.
  5. ^ Welcome to Te Kauwhata
  6. ^ Waikato Bay of Plenty Regional Wine Guide
  7. ^ Winter, Chloe (2016). Stuff.co.nz. Invivo Wines to make Graham Norton wine at historic 114-year-old winery. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/76559911/invivo-wines-to-make-graham-norton-wine-at-historic-114yearold-winery
  8. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  9. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.