Pakiri is located in New Zealand Auckland
Country New Zealand
Region Auckland Region
District Auckland Council
Pakiri Beach

Pakiri is a locality in Auckland, in the former Rodney District of New Zealand. Leigh is about 9 kilometres (6 mi) to the south-east. The Pakiri River flows through the area and into the Hauraki Gulf to the north-east.[1][2]

The area is named for the Ngāti Wai chief, Te Kiri.[3]

The old Pakiri Church, a popular backdrop for wedding photographs

Pakiri Beach is a 14-kilometre-long (8.7 mi) white sandy beach to the north.[3] The Auckland Regional Council purchased two blocks of land in 2005, totalling 178 hectares (440 acres), with three kilometres (2 mi) of beach frontage,[4][5] and is developing the whole amount as a regional park.[3][6]

Suction dredging has been used to mine sand from the sea floor off the coast since the 1950s.[7][8] This had caused some controversy in 1994, when 170,000 cubic metres (222,000 cu yd) of sand was to be extracted to bolster the popular Mission Bay in Auckland, and was brought to the Planning Tribunal in the case Haddon v Auckland Regional Council for violation of the Resource Management Act 1991, and its provisions for kaitiakitanga.


Pakiri School is a coeducational full primary school (years 1-8), with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 20.[9] The school celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2002.[10]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 11.  
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 31.  
  3. ^ a b c "Pakiri - Tomarata Lakes - Te Arai Point". Warkworth Information Centre. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Pakiri".  
  5. ^ "ARC purchases Arrigato land".  
  6. ^ "Pakiri land kept intact".  
  7. ^ "Sand dredge, Pākiri Beach".  
  8. ^ "Sand mining on the East Coast and in the Kaipara Harbour".  
  9. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Pakiri School".  
  10. ^ "Jubilees & reunions: Pakiri School". Education Gazette New Zealand 81 (6). 8 April 2002.