Whirinaki, Northland

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Whirinaki is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 35°28′26″S 173°27′45″E / 35.47389°S 173.46250°E / -35.47389; 173.46250
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District
Population (c.2005)
 • Total 200

Whirinaki is a locality in the south Hokianga, in Northland, New Zealand. The name means "to lean against a support".[1] Highway 12 runs through it. Opononi lies to the south west, and Rawene lies to the north east.[2][3]

The population is approximately 200 people, 90% of which are Māori. A large proportion of the population lives on papakāinga land.[4]

The area was raided by Te Roroa in 1810 or 1811, during the Musket Wars. All the inhabitants of Opara village were killed.[5]


Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Tonga o Hokianga is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 57.[6] It is a Kura Kaupapa Māori school which teaches fully in the Māori language.

There was a Whirinaki Native School during the early-mid 20th century.[7]

Coordinates: 35°28′26″S 173°27′45″E / 35.47389°S 173.46250°E / -35.47389; 173.46250


  1. ^ "Ngā Puhi - Ancestors". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 6. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  3. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 22. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  4. ^ "Nga Mahi Hapai – Whirinaki Waterline" (.DOC). Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector. c. 2005. 
  5. ^ Smith, Stephenson Percy (1910). "Further Wars on the Border-Land". Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century. p. 52. 
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Tonga o Hokia". Ministry of Education. 
  7. ^ Lange, Raeburn (1999). May the People Live: a history of Maori health development, 1900-1920. p. 76. ISBN 1869402146.