Wairoa District

Wairoa District is a territorial authority district in the North Island of New Zealand. The Wairoa District Council is headquartered in the largest town, Wairoa. The district falls within the Hawke's Bay Region.

Wairoa District
Coordinates: 39.034°S 177.423°E / -39.034; 177.423
CountryNew Zealand
RegionHawke's Bay Region
DistrictWairoa District Council
  MayorCraig Little
  Deputy MayorHine Flood
  Total4,130 km2 (1,590 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
  Density2.2/km2 (5.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Area code(s)06

The district has an area of 4,130 square kilometres, of which 4,077 square kilometres are land.[2] The population was 8,960 as of June 2020.[1]

The Wairoa District covers the northern half of the Hawke's Bay coast, and extends from Māhia Peninsula to Lake Waikaremoana, and south to the mouth of the Waikare River.

Mayor Craig Little JP was elected as mayor in the 2013 local elections.[3]

The district has been known historically as 'Te Wairoa'. In keeping with the district's vision of being bilingual by 2040, the use of the phrase 'Te Wairoa' when referring to the district is steadily increasing.[citation needed] Wairoa itself is Māori for "long water", referring to the length of the tranquil river that runs throughout the town.[4]

The Ruakituri River and the Māhia Peninsula are tourist destinations found in the district.