Waima, Northland

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Waima is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°29′20″S 173°35′17″E / 35.48889°S 173.58806°E / -35.48889; 173.58806
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District

Waima is a community in the south Hokianga area of Northland, New Zealand. State Highway 12 runs through the area. The Waima River flows through the Waima Valley into the Hokianga Harbour. Rawene is to the north west, and Kaikohe is to the north east.[1][2]


Wesleyan Mission Station at Waima in 1858

In 1810, an encounter at Waima during the Musket Wars resulted in the death of the Ngā Puhi chief Te Tauroto.[3][4] Te Whareumu was killed and Muriwai mortally wounded in a skirmish in March 1828.[5]

The chief of the sub tribe Te Mahurehure and Te Urikaiwhare was Mohi Tawhai (d.1875),[6] who was a signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and was known as the peace maker of the North.

Waima was the site of a Wesleyan mission in the mid-19th century.[7] In the 1870s timber milling commenced in the area.[8]

In 1898, people of Waima refused to pay a tax on dogs, and marched on Rawene in the Dog Tax War.[9]

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Waima School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 62.[11] The school was founded in 1881.[12] During the Dog Tax War of 1898, the government army of 120 men set up camp at Waima School.

Coordinates: 35°29′20″S 173°35′17″E / 35.48889°S 173.58806°E / -35.48889; 173.58806


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 7. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 22–23. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "POMARE II, Whetoi". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  4. ^ Smith, Stephenson Percy (1910). Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century. p. 51. 
  5. ^ "Muriwai". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  6. ^ G. W. Rusden (1883). "XVIII. — 1874—1877. — Session of 1874". History of New Zealand. 3 (2nd ed.). Melville, Mullen and Slade. p. 84. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Michael King (2003). The Penguin History of New Zealand (7th ed.). p. 145. ISBN 0-14-301867-1. 
  8. ^ "Hokianga and Harbour". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  9. ^ "Northland - Government". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  10. ^ "SATCHELL, William". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  11. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Waima School". Ministry of Education. 
  12. ^ "Waima School 125th Jubilee". Education Gazette New Zealand. 19 June 2006. 

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