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Whangarei
Whangarei
(/ˌfɒŋəˈreɪ/, or /ˌwɒŋəˈreɪ/; Māori: [faŋaˈɾɛi]) is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. It is part of the Whangarei
Whangarei
District, a local body created in 1989 to administer both the city proper and its hinterland, from the former Whangarei
Whangarei
City, Whangarei
Whangarei
County and Hikurangi
Hikurangi
Town councils. The city population was estimated to be 57,700 in June 2017,[1] up from 47,000 in 2001.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Future

2 Geography

2.1 Mount Parihaka 2.2 Hatea River 2.3 Matakohe/Limestone Island 2.4 Climate

3 Government

3.1 National 3.2 Local

3.2.1 Suburbs

4 Transport 5 Arts and culture 6 Education

6.1 Tertiary education 6.2 Schools

6.2.1 Secondary schools 6.2.2 Intermediate and primary schools 6.2.3 Religious schools 6.2.4 Special
Special
school

7 Healthcare 8 Sports 9 Notable people 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

History[edit] The Māori iwi Ngāpuhi
Ngāpuhi
occupied Whangarei
Whangarei
from the early 19th century, and the Te Parawhau hapū lived at the head of the harbour. Captain James Cook
James Cook
and the crew of the Endeavour were the first Europeans to contemplate the Whangarei Harbour
Whangarei Harbour
entrance. On 15 November 1769 they caught about one hundred fish there which they classified as "bream" (probably snapper) prompting Cook to name the area Bream
Bream
Bay.[2] In the 1820s the area was repeatedly attacked by Waikato and Ngāti Paoa raiders during the Musket Wars.[3] The first European settler was William Carruth, a Scotsman and trader who arrived in 1839 and was joined, six years later, by Gilbert Mair and his family. Mostly, relations between the settlers and local Māori were friendly, but in February 1842, all settler farms were plundered in revenge for transgressions of tapu. In April 1845, during the Flagstaff War, all settlers fled from Whangarei.[4] Most of the original settlers never returned, but by the mid-1850s there were a number of farmers and orchardists in the area. From 1855, a small town developed, driven by the kauri gum trade. Today's 'Town Basin' on the Hatea River was the original port and early exports included kauri gum and native timber followed later by coal from Whau Valley, Kamo, and Hikurangi. Coal from the Kiripaka field was exported via the Ngunguru River. By 1864, the nucleus of the present city was established.[5] Fire bricks made from fire clay deposits near the Kamo mines supported a brick works over several decades. Good quality limestone was quarried at Hikurangi, Portland, and Limestone Island, and initially sold as agricultural lime and later combined with local coal to produce Portland cement at the settlement of Portland on the south side of the harbour. Local limestone is still used in cement manufacture but the coal is now imported from the West Coast of the South Island. Whangarei
Whangarei
was the most urbanised area in Northland towards the end of the 19th century, but grew slowly in the 20th century. The district slowly exhausted most of its natural resources but was sustained by agriculture, especially dairying. Shipping was the main transport link until the North Auckland
Auckland
railway line reached the town in 1925, and the road from Auckland
Auckland
was not suitable for travel in poor weather until 1934.[6] These terrestrial travel routes forced a rapid decline in coastal shipping but stimulated Whangarei
Whangarei
to become the service centre for Northland. The population was 14,000 in 1945, but grew rapidly in the 1960s, incorporating Kamo and other outlying areas. In 1964, Whangarei
Whangarei
was declared a city. Its population the following year was 31,000.[7] The second half of the twentieth century brought the establishment and expansion of the oil refinery at Marsden Point
Marsden Point
on Bream
Bream
Bay, the adjacent development of timber processing and the establishment of Northland Port, which is mainly focused on timber exporting. Future[edit] Building of the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery is expected to commence 2017 after the funding target of $20.97 million was raised by a volunteer team in time for a June 2017 deadline.[8] A container port could follow, linked by rail to Auckland. The extensive flat undeveloped land around Northport is a suggested solution to excess population growth in Auckland
Auckland
and the associated lack of industrial land.[9] Geography[edit]

Panorama of Whangarei
Whangarei
from Parihaka

Mount Parihaka[edit]

Whangarei
Whangarei
Falls

Mt Parihaka is a volcanic dome rising 241 m to the northeast of the city centre. It is about 20 million years old, and part of the Harbour Fault which also includes Parakiore near Kamo, and Hikurangi near the town of the same name.[10] The dome is surrounded by the Parihaka Scenic Reserve. There is road access to the summit of Parihaka and walking tracks through the reserve.[11] The dome is frequently called Mount Parahaki, but the original Māori spelling of Parihaka was confirmed by the government in 2005.[12] Hatea River[edit] Main article: Hātea River The Hatea River flows south through the city and empties into Whangarei
Whangarei
Harbour. The river has a spectacular 26 m waterfall in Tikipunga, 6 km north of the city.[13] Matakohe/Limestone Island[edit] Main article: Motu Matakohe Matakohe, or Limestone Island, lies in the harbour close to the city. Owned by Whangarei
Whangarei
District, it is subject to ecological island restoration by the Friends of Matakohe/Limestone Island Society. Climate[edit] Whangarei
Whangarei
has a oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb). Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows. Summer days occasionally exceed 30 °C, and there is plentiful rainfall spread relatively evenly throughout the year.[14] Using the Trewartha classification Whangarei
Whangarei
is firmly a maritime subtropical climate due to its absence of winter cold.

Climate data for Whangarei
Whangarei
(1981–2010)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 24.3 (75.7) 24.3 (75.7) 22.9 (73.2) 20.5 (68.9) 18.1 (64.6) 16.1 (61) 15.3 (59.5) 15.7 (60.3) 17.3 (63.1) 18.7 (65.7) 20.6 (69.1) 22.8 (73) 19.7 (67.5)

Daily mean °C (°F) 19.9 (67.8) 20.2 (68.4) 18.8 (65.8) 16.6 (61.9) 14.4 (57.9) 12.4 (54.3) 11.6 (52.9) 11.9 (53.4) 13.3 (55.9) 14.6 (58.3) 16.4 (61.5) 18.5 (65.3) 15.7 (60.3)

Average low °C (°F) 15.5 (59.9) 16.1 (61) 14.7 (58.5) 12.8 (55) 10.8 (51.4) 8.7 (47.7) 7.8 (46) 8.2 (46.8) 9.3 (48.7) 10.7 (51.3) 12.3 (54.1) 14.2 (57.6) 11.8 (53.2)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 81.2 (3.197) 95.2 (3.748) 118.1 (4.65) 98.9 (3.894) 111.2 (4.378) 131.5 (5.177) 168.6 (6.638) 128.4 (5.055) 112.2 (4.417) 85.3 (3.358) 77.1 (3.035) 96.4 (3.795) 1,304 (51.339)

Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 7.9 7.9 9.3 9.8 12.5 13.9 14.8 14.8 12.6 10.5 9.4 8.7 132.1

Average relative humidity (%) 80.4 83.5 84.2 86.0 88.0 89.5 88.9 86.1 81.2 79.8 77.2 78.0 83.6

Source: NIWA Climate Data[15]

Government[edit] National[edit] Whangarei
Whangarei
is within the Whangarei
Whangarei
general electorate and the Te Tai Tokerau Māori electorate. As of 26 November 2014 the current MP of the Whangarei
Whangarei
electorate is Dr Shane Reti of the National Party. The current MP of the Te Tai Tokerau
Te Tai Tokerau
electorate is Kelvin Davis of the Labour Party. Local[edit] At a local level Whangarei
Whangarei
comes under the Northland Regional Council of which the city is the seat. Whangarei
Whangarei
is governed locally by the Whangarei District
Whangarei District
Council. The city is split into two of the council wards, Denby, which takes the northern suburbs, and Okara, which takes the southern half of the city. The Northland Police District covers Whangarei
Whangarei
which is split into two areas, Whangarei/Kaipara and Mid/Far North. Judicially, the town is served by the Whangarei District
Whangarei District
Court and is also the base of the region's only High Court. Suburbs[edit] The Whangarei
Whangarei
urban area is spread throughout the valleys of the surrounding area. The city has several suburbs:

Northern: Kamo, Springs Flat, Tikipunga, Three Mile Bush, Otangarei, Mairtown, Regent, Kensington, and Whau Valley Southern/Western: Morningside, Raumanga, Maunu, Horahora, Woodhill, and The Avenues Eastern: Riverside, Sherwood Rise, Onerahi, and Parihaka

Transport[edit] State Highway 1 from Auckland
Auckland
to Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga
passes through Whangarei. State Highway 14 from Dargaville
Dargaville
connects to State Highway 1 in Whangarei. Whangarei
Whangarei
is connected to Auckland
Auckland
by rail. The line carries freight only; public passenger transport is by long-distance bus. Whangarei Airport
Whangarei Airport
is located 7.4 kilometres (4.6 mi) southeast of the city centre, in the suburb of Onerahi. Northland Regional Council operates the CityLink bus service. This bus service runs six urban bus routes.[16] In July 2013 a second road crossing of the Hatea River was opened, in the form of a bascule bridge. There are several cycle/walk ways currently under development connecting the city centre with outer suburbs. These include Kamo (currently under construction), Onerahi
Onerahi
(completed) and Raumanga/Maunu (several sections completed). The Hatea Loop (Huarahi o te Whai) is a central mixed space walkway connecting the Town Basin, Hihiaua Peninsula, Okara, Pohe Island and Riverside areas of the central city. Whangarei
Whangarei
is served by Northport, a sea port at Marsden Point. It was previously served by Port Whangarei, in the upper harbour near the city, which was operated by the Northland Harbour Board until 1988, when it was transferred to the Northland Port Corporation. The first two berths at Marsden Point
Marsden Point
opened in 2002, and Port Whangarei
Whangarei
closed to commercial shipping in 2007 when the remaining cargo operations were transferred to Marsden Point.[17] Arts and culture[edit] The Whangarei
Whangarei
Art Museum is located in the Town Basin. Artisan markets are held at the nearby Canopy Bridge. The Hundertwasser Arts Centre
Hundertwasser Arts Centre
is planned to be built on the site of the former Northland Harbour Board building. The Quarry Arts Centre is located on the edge of the Western Hills in the Avenues. Education[edit] Tertiary education[edit] NorthTec, with its main campus located in the Whangarei
Whangarei
suburb of Raumanga, is the chief provider of tertiary education in New Zealand's Northland Region. This institution offers a number of degrees, diplomas and certificates in a wide variety of academic, professional and technical fields. Their degrees are nationally monitored for quality and so can lead to postgraduate study at universities and other institutions. The student body of NorthTec
NorthTec
consists of around 23,000 students studying either part-time or full-time. The University of Auckland
Auckland
maintains a campus in the city centre. There are also a number of private tertiary educational organisations, which provide technical and vocational training. Schools[edit] Further information: List of schools in the Northland Region § Whangarei There are several schools which offer secondary schooling education within the urban area. Most suburbs have their own primary school. Secondary schools[edit] Whangarei
Whangarei
Boys' High School, a boys' secondary school with a roll of 1181[18] (February 2018). Whangarei
Whangarei
Girls' High School, a girls' secondary school with a roll of 1424[18] (February 2018).

These two secondary schools have a decile rating of 5 and cover years 9–13.[19][20] Both schools opened in 1881.[21][22]

Kamo High School, which accommodates years 9–13. Tikipunga
Tikipunga
High School, which caters for years 7–13.

Both of these are co-educational secondary schools serving the northern suburbs.

Huanui College, a private secondary school just out of the urban area in Glenbervie. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rāwhitiroa. A Māori language
Māori language
immersion school catering for primary and secondary students. Intermediate and primary schools[edit] There are two intermediate schools (years 7–8) in the urban area. Several primary schools offer education from years 1–8. Whangarei
Whangarei
Intermediate is an intermediate (years 7–8) school with a roll of 639.[23] Kamo Intermediate is a popular intermediate school serving the northern suburbs. Primary schools in the urban area include Hurupaki School, Kamo Primary School, Totara Grove School (formerly Kamo East School), Tikipunga
Tikipunga
Primary School, Otangarei School, Whau Valley School, Whangarei
Whangarei
School, a contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a roll of 577,[24] Maunu School, Horahora School, Morningside School, Manaia View School (formerly Raumanga Primary and Raumanga Middle schools, amalgamated), Raurimu Avenue School, and Onerahi
Onerahi
School. Religious schools[edit] Pompallier Catholic College (opened in 1971) is a Catholic state integrated co-educational secondary school (years 7 to 13) with a roll of 560 and a decile ranking of 7, located in the suburb of Maunu. It is the only Catholic secondary school in Northland serving the wider district. Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School, the city's Catholic primary school, located in the suburb of Whau Valley adjacent to the Catholic Parish. Christian Renewal School is a composite (years 1–13) school with a roll of 201.[25] The school was established in 1993 and integrated into the state system in 1997. The school operates in the Christian Renewal Church buildings.[26] Excellere College, a Christian school (years 1–13) located in the northern suburb of Springs Flat. The Whangarei
Whangarei
Adventist Christian School, located at Whau Valley Road, has been operating for some 50 years and is the second oldest of the independent Christian schools in Whangarei
Whangarei
to. It was formerly called the Whangarei
Whangarei
Seventhday Adventist School. Special
Special
school[edit] Blomfield Special
Special
School and Resource Centre provides education and care to students between the ages of five and twenty-one years,[27] and has a roll of 68.[28] The school operates from five locations, four in Whangarei
Whangarei
and one in Kaitaia.[29] Healthcare[edit] Whangarei
Whangarei
is within the Northland District Health Board and the Manaia Primary Health Organisation. Whangarei
Whangarei
Hospital (formerly Northland Base Hospital) is Northland DHB's largest and provides secondary specialist care to all of Northland. It has 246 inpatient beds, and is based in the suburb of Horahora. Kensington Hospital, opened in March 2001, is a private healthcare facility. Sports[edit] Whangarei
Whangarei
is home to the Northland rugby union team, a professional side competing in the ITM Cup, the highest level of provincial rugby in New Zealand. They play out of Toll Stadium (formerly named "Okara Park"), the largest stadium in the region, which also hosted two matches during Rugby World Cup 2011. The city also hosted a match on 3rd June between a Provincial XV team (NZ Provincial Barbarians) and the British and Irish Lions during their 2017 tour. The football (soccer) club North Force
North Force
who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1 are based in Whangarei. Whangarei
Whangarei
has a Field Hockey
Field Hockey
facility that hosted several international matches. Several hockey players from Northland have been selected for the Black Sticks Women
Black Sticks Women
since 2000. The International Rally of Whangarei is based in the region with competitors from Australia, India, China, Japan, South East Asia and Pacific Islands racing on dirt roads in the districts surrounding Whangarei. It is the season opening event for both the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and the New Zealand
New Zealand
Rally Championship and is New Zealand's second largest international motorsport competition, second only to the world championship event, Rally New Zealand. Whangarei Speedway attracts drivers from outside the Northland region. Northland is also represented at the highest national domestic level in Golf. The Northland rugby league team, representing the Northland Region
Northland Region
in New Zealand
New Zealand
Rugby League
Rugby League
competitions, is based in Whangarei. They currently compete in the Albert Baskerville Trophy as the Northern Swords. Between 2006 and 2007 they were part of the Bartercard Cup, playing under the name the Northern Storm. Northland was originally known as North Auckland
Auckland
and has previously used the nickname the Wild Boars. Notable people[edit] Main category: People from Whangarei

Laurence Clark, cartoonist[30] Keith Urban, country music singer Tim Southee, New Zealand
New Zealand
cricketer Alex Gilbert, New Zealand
New Zealand
Adoption advocate Adam Blair, New Zealand
New Zealand
Rugby League
Rugby League
representative Michael Hill, jeweller Laura Dekker, Dutch sailor, born on a boat in Whangarei
Whangarei
in 1995, settled there again in 2012 Winston Peters, New Zealand
New Zealand
politician and leader of New Zealand
New Zealand
First Suzie Muirhead, former member of the New Zealand
New Zealand
Black Sticks Women's hockey team Jack Marshall, Prime Minister of New Zealand
New Zealand
for most of 1972, grew up in Whangarei
Whangarei
and went to Whangarei
Whangarei
Boy's High School Ian Jones, former All Black
All Black
lock Rene Ranger, former All Black
All Black
and Northland Taniwha player Billy T. James, entertainer, comedian, musician and actor, was at Whangarei
Whangarei
Boy's High School between 1962 and 1965. Anthony Short, cricketer

See also[edit]

Northland Emergency Services Trust
Northland Emergency Services Trust
(NEST)

References[edit]

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– The Hype and The Reality". TelferYoung (Northland) Limited. June 2006.  ^ Bruce Hayward, Mike Isaac, Keith Miller and Bernhard Spörli (2002). "Introduction to Whangarei
Whangarei
geology" (PDF). Geological Society of New Zealand. p. 27. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) ^ Parkes, W. F. (1992). Guide to Whangarei
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Whangarei
(PDF). Whangarei
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District Council. Retrieved 30 October 2017.  ^ a b "Directory of Schools - as at 14 March 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 20 March 2018.  ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Whangarei
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Whangarei
Boys' High School -Our History". Whangarei
Whangarei
Boys' High School.  ^ " Whangarei
Whangarei
Girls' High". Whangarei
Whangarei
Girls' High School.  ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi – Whangarei
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Intermediate". Ministry of Education.  ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi – Whangarei
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External links[edit]

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Whangarei.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Whangarei.

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