Waikuku

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Waikuku Beach

Waikuku is a small township in the Canterbury Region of New Zealand, about 35 minutes north of Christchurch. It had a population of 900 people at the time of the 2013 Census,[1] most of whom live in on the coast at Waikuku Beach. The sandy beach and pine forests are popular with surfers, swimmers, campers and horse-riders, and the large estuary of the Ashley River hosts many species of birds.[2]

Just south of Waikuku, on Preeces Road, are the remains of the Kaiapoi Pa, an important trading centre for Ngāi Tahu in the 18th century.

Education[edit]

Waikuku presently has no schools. The town previously has one full primary (Year 1-8) school, Waikuku School, which opened in 1872.[3] The school outgrew its site in the late 2000s and early 2010s, and in April 2014 was relocated to a new site in Pegasus Town and renamed Pegasus Bay School.

Primary school students today are zoned for Pegasus Bay School; secondary school students are zoned for Kaiapoi High School in Kaiapoi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Census Data "Quick Stats about Waikuku" Check |url= value (help). Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ashley-Rakahuri". Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Waikuku". Cyclopedia of New Zealand. New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 

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