Stratford, New Zealand
Stratford (Māori: Whakaahurangi) is the only town in Stratford District, and the seat of the Taranaki region, in New Zealand's North Island. It lies beneath the eastern slopes of Mount Taranaki/Egmont, approximately halfway between New Plymouth and Hāwera, near the geographic centre of the Taranaki Region. The town has a population of 6,030, making it the 62nd largest urban area in New Zealand (using the Statistical Standard for Geographic Areas 2018 (SSGA18)), and the fourth largest in Taranaki (behind New Plymouth, Hāwera and Waitara).
|Territorial authority||Stratford District|
|• Mayor||Neil Volzke|
|• Minor urban area||8.54 km2 (3.30 sq mi)|
|• District||2,163.42 km2 (835.30 sq mi)|
|Elevation||310 m (1,020 ft)|
|• District density||4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)|
The Stratford District has a population of 9,880, and a land area of 2,163.35 km2 (835.27 sq mi), which is divided between the Manawatū-Whanganui region (including the settlements of Whangamōmona, Marco and Tahora, 31.87% of its land area) and the Taranaki region (68.13% of its land area).