Tararua District

Tararua District

Tararua District
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Main town: Dannevirke
Other towns: Pahiatua, Norsewood, Woodville, Eketahuna
Territorial Authority
Name: Tararua District Council
Mayor: Roly Ellis
Deputy Mayor: Bill Keltie
Land area: 4,360.56 km² (1,683.62 sq mi)
Extent: Norsewood to Eketahuna; Pacific Ocean to Ruahine Ranges
Website: http://www.tararuadc.govt.nz
See also: Manawatu District, Palmerston North
Regional Council
Name: Manawatu-Wanganui (Horizons Regional Council); Wellington Regional Council
Website: http://www.horizons.govt.nz

The Tararua District lies near the south-east corner of New Zealand's North Island. Created in 1989, it was named By Central Government by conjoining the Names of the Tararua Range in the South and the Ruahine Range in the North, Tara + Rua = Tararua District. It has a population of 17,400}p}#ifeq:}|eq|1|2}}|}p}#ifeq:}|}|1|2}}|}|}}}|}p}#if}:}|1|2}}|}|}}}}

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and an area of 4,360.56 km².

The district's northwest boundary runs along the top of the Ruahine Range; its south-east boundary is the Pacific Ocean. The catchment of the Manawatu River generally defines the north and south extremities. The catchment is also the reason why the majority of the district is in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region, although traditionally many of the people of the district regard themselves as living in either Hawke's Bay (in the north) or Wairarapa (in the south).

Towns and regional government

The district's chief town is Dannevirke, settled by immigrants from Denmark in the 19th century. It is also the centre for a Community Board. Other towns (from south to north along the main valleys) include Eketahuna and Pahiatua, which have their own Community Boards, and Woodville, Ormondville, and Norsewood. Near the coast are Pongaroa, Herbertville, Akitio, and Alfredton.

While the vast majority (98.42% by land area) of Tararua District is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui Region, a small triangle of rural land (1.58% by land area) north of the Owahanga River in the southeast of the district is part of Wellington Region. According to the 2006 Census this area, known as Mara, has only 3 residents (down from 12 in 1996 and 2001).

Schools in Tararua District

"Forty-Mile Bush"

When Europeans settled the area, it was almost entirely forested and was called "Forty-Mile Bush". Industrious clearance has made it a busy pastoral district, although the region close to the Pacific coast is still sparsely populated. The original name lives on in that of the local National Provincial Championship rugby union team, Wairarapa-Bush.

Economy

Agriculture is the district's main industry. Other industries include textiles, food processing, and retailing. Commercial forestry is expected to become more important to the district's economy in the next few years.

Weather forecasts

Before 2006, weather forecasts on National Radio (as provided by MetService) had