Te Puru

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Te Puru
Te Puru is located in North Island
Te Puru
Te Puru
Coordinates: 37°2′48″S 175°31′18″E / 37.04667°S 175.52167°E / -37.04667; 175.52167
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato
District Thames-Coromandel District
Population (2006)
 • Total 942

Te Puru is a locality on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. State Highway 25 runs through it. Tapu lies about 7 km to the north, and Thames is about 12 km to the south.[1][2] The Te Puru Stream and about 18 tributaries drain a steep hilly 23 km² area of the Coromandel Range, almost entirely covered by native forest. It runs through the settlement and into the Firth of Thames to the west. Flooding has been a problem.[3]

The population for Te Puru and Thornton Bay to the south was 942 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 12 from 2001.[4]


Te Puru School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 162.[5]


Te Puru suffered severe flooding during the 'weather bomb 2002'. The weather bomb was a low-pressure system that led to extensive flooding on the Coromandel Peninsula and the south-west Waikato region.[6] Te Puru and Waiomu were included in the ‘high impact’ area of the storm.[7] Private and public property was damaged during the flood.


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 16. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 40. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Proposals for Te Puru" (PDF). Environment Waikato. 
  4. ^ Quickstats about Te Puru-Thornton Bay
  5. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Te Puru School". Ministry of Education. 
  6. ^ NIWA - June 2002 Upper North Island Weather Bomb.
  7. ^ Ministry for the Environment - The Waikato Weather Bomb: Understanding the impact.

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Coordinates: 37°02′48″S 175°31′18″E / 37.04667°S 175.52167°E / -37.04667; 175.52167