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Waioneke is located in New Zealand Auckland
Coordinates: 36°32′30″S 174°18′05″E / 36.54167°S 174.30139°E / -36.54167; 174.30139Coordinates: 36°32′30″S 174°18′05″E / 36.54167°S 174.30139°E / -36.54167; 174.30139
Country New Zealand
Region Auckland Region
District Rodney District

Waioneke is a locality on the South Head peninsula of the Kaipara Harbour, in the Rodney District of New Zealand. Parakai is 22 km to the south-east, and the road continues another 14 km to the north-west. Rangitira Beach and Woodhill Forest are to the west, and Omokoiti Flats and the southern Kaipara Harbour are to the east.[1][2]


A Māori pa existed at Waioneke prior to European settlement of the area.[3] The Waioneke block was taken up in 1868 by Daniel Pollen (who later became Premier of New Zealand) and William Spearman Young, to graze cattle.[4][5]

A Waioneke Road Board was formed after 1884, and was responsible for forming and maintaining roads over much of the South Head peninsula. The board was dissolved by 1899.[6]

Waioneke was a centre of gum digging from 1880 to 1900.[7]

Deer farming began in the area in the 1970s, and a processing plant was built in Waioneke.[8]

The Kaipara Estate winery began in the Waioneke Valley in 1995.[9][10]


Waioneke School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 98 (Dec 2013) .[11] The school traces its origins to Mairetahi School, established in 1928. The school moved to its present site and took its current name in 1938.[12]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 11. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 34. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ Jennings, Jesse David (1979). The Prehistory of Polynesia. p. 244. ISBN 0-674-70060-0. 
  4. ^ Sheffield, Colleen M. (1963). Men Came Voyaging. p. 78. 
  5. ^ Ryburn, Wayne (1999). Tall Spars, Steamers & Gum. p. 21. ISBN 0-473-06176-7. 
  6. ^ Ryburn, p 89
  7. ^ Ryburn, p 132
  8. ^ "South Head". Helensville Pioneer Museum. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Kaipara Estate - History". Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Kaipara Estate - People". Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Waioneke School". Ministry of Education. 
  12. ^ "Waioneke School History". Waioneke School. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 

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