|Minor urban area|
|Territorial authority||Waitomo District|
|Population (June 2015 estimate)|
Te Kuiti is a small town in the north of the King Country region of the North Island of New Zealand. It lies at the junction of State Highways 3 and 30 and on the North Island Main Trunk Railway, 80 km south of Hamilton.
At the 2001 census it had a resident population of 4,374, a decrease of 5.1% since 1991. The town promotes itself as the sheep shearing capital of the world and is host to the annual New Zealand National Shearing Championships.
Te Kuiti is approximately 80 km south of Hamilton and 19 km south-east of Waitomo. The area around Te Kuiti, commonly known as the King Country, gives its name to the Heartland Championship rugby team based in Te Kuiti.
Te Kuiti is the Maori name given to the area. In its original form of "Te Kuititanga", it literally means "the valley", "the squeezing in" or "the narrowing".
The "Shearing Capital of the World" contains the world's largest shearer, seven metres high. On 1 April 2006 the largest sheep show in the world took place here, with more than 2000 sheep.
The carved Te Tokanganui-A-Noho Meeting House was gifted to the local Maori people (Ngāti Maniapoto) by Te Kooti, the most famous Maori Rebel leader of the 19th century. He was given sanctuary by the Chiefs of Maniapoto against the white colonial Government of New Zealnd and under Maniapoto's protection carved one of the most famous and important late 19th century spiritral house in the north island.(as mentioned above). This House is central to Te kuiti's historical foundation, also referred to as the epicenter of the Rohe Pōtae.. "King Country"...In 1881 the last frontier was open to colonial settlers.
The Tatsuno Japanese Garden is at the southern end of the main street.
The Mangokewa reserve located 5 km south of Te Kuiti is a popular attraction for rock climbers, hikers, picnic goers, swimmers and trout fisherman in the region.
A 'Revitalisation Project' for the NZHPT Category II listed Te Kuiti railway station was started in 2014 to provide for arts and crafts groups, an education centre, youth projects, historical displays and a meeting room. The Rail Heritage Trust describes the station as, "the finest remaining example of a standard class B station"
Limestone deposits and water have created the Waitomo Caves, northwest of the town, one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist locations. The town itself is located in a valley with many rich limestone deposits. The Manga-o-Kewa Stream runs through the valley and is a tributary of the Waipā River. Te Kūiti's hinterland consist mainly of farmland and limestone quarries. The land surrounding Te Kūiti has steep hilly relief which reflects the nature of the North King Country region. The climate of Te Kūiti is wet during the winter and dry during the late summer with an average of 1,450mm of rainfall each year.
Te Kuiti Albion FC play in the Deacon Shield tournament. They play their home games at Centennial Park where there is a small clubroom. The club colours are yellow and black striped shirts and black shorts.
Te Kuiti is the home of the Waitete Rugby Football Club.
- Ross Beever, geneticist and mycologist.
- Former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jim Bolger held the local electorate of King Country.
- All Black Kevin Boroevich
- Walter Broadfoot (1881–1965), cabinet minister for the National Party, was first deputy mayor and then mayor of Te Kuiti (1923–1935)
- World Champion Sheep Shearer David Fagan
- Tony Martin, Australian-based comedian and author, was born here.
- All Black great Sir Colin Meads calls Te Kuiti home. The auction of his farm caused nationwide interest.
- All Black great Stanley Meads played at lock No. 8. Brother of Sir Colin.
- Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the Dambusters air raid, was mayor for some years and has a street named in his honour.
- Author Ruth Park grew up here.
- Kevin Proctor - Melbourne Storm Rugby League player
- Rob Waddell, Olympic gold-medalist rower, was born here. He is also known to have the fastest 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) ergometer time in the CRASH-B Sprints held every year in Boston.
- Diggeress Te Kanawa, a tohunga raranga (master weaver) of Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Kinohaku descent.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015. For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Te Kuiti in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (1966)
- Television NZ News. 1 April 2006
- Te Kuiti in Tourism New Zealand's website, retrieved 31 January 2008
- Waitomo - parks
- NZHPT listing with photo
- Waitomo District Council - Railway Buildings Revitalisation Project
- Waitomo News 23 August 2012
- Rail Heritage Trust - Te Kuiti
- Limestone at Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- Mangaokewa Stream Trout Fishing
- Environment Waikato Archived 14 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
-  Profile by Michael Bassett retrieved 31 January 2008
- kevin Boroevich at AllBlacks.com
- Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 301. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
-  Listener retrieved 31 January 2008
-  The Melbourne Age, retrieved 31 January 2008
- Meads farm makes $1.4m at auction retrieved January 2008
-  bayofplentytimes.co.nz retrieved 31 January 2008
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