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Ahipara
Ahipara Bay with Whangatauatia Maunga to the right
Ahipara Bay with Whangatauatia Maunga to the right
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District
Ward Te Hiku
Area
 • Total 4.53 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2021)
 • Total 1,420
 • Density 313.5/km2 (812/sq mi)
Postcode
0481

Ahipara is a town and locality in Northland, New Zealand at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach, with the Tauroa Peninsula to the west and Herekino Forest to the east. Ahipara Bay is to the north west. Kaitaia is 14 km to the north east, and Pukepoto is between the two.

Demographics

Ahipara covers 4.53 km2 (1.75 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 1,420 as of June 2021, with a population density of 313 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 1,095 —    
2013 1,032 −0.84%
2018 1,230 +3.57%

Ahipara had a population of 1,230 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 198 people (19.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 135 people (12.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 390 households, comprising 597 males and 636 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.94 males per female. The median age was 41.4 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 270 people (22.0%) aged under 15 years, 204 (16.6%) aged 15 to 29, 564 (45.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 195 (15.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 60.7% European/Pākehā, 61.2% Māori, 5.9% Pacific peoples, 2.0% Asian, and 2.2% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 12.0, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Of those people who chose to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 40.7% had no religion, 45.9% were Christian, 5.6% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.7% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.5% were Buddhist and 1.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 156 (16.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 180 (18.8%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $23,600, compared with $31,800 nationally. 102 people (10.6%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 381 (39.7%) people were employed full-time, 147 (15.3%) were part-time, and 78 (8.1%) were unemployed.

Education

Ahipara School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 227. It was founded in 1872 as a mission school, and moved to its present site in 1901.

Ahipara Sandhoppers Early Childhood Centre has been operating on the grounds of the Ahipara School for over 20 years. Ahipara Sandhoppers has received recognition for their environmental initiatives.

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