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Havelock North

Clock Tower Building (1914)
Clock Tower Building (1914)
Country New Zealand
Region Hawke's Bay
Territorial authority Hastings District
Ward Havelock North
 (June 2023)
 • Total 15,200
Area code(s) 06

Havelock North (Māori: Karanema) is a suburb of Hastings, New Zealand, in the North Island's Hawke's Bay district. It was a borough for many years until the 1989 reorganisation of local government saw it merged into the new Hastings District, and it is now administered by the Hastings District Council.

Location, features and population

Havelock North was founded as a planned Government settlement following the purchase in 1858, from Maori owners, of land previously known as 'Karanema's Reserve'. The original village was laid out in 1860 and named after the hero of the 1857 Indian seypoy mutiny Sir Henry Havelock who famously relieved the siege of Lucknow in November of that year. The suburb, known locally as "the village", is situated on the Heretaunga Plains, less than 2 km to the south-east of Hastings. The surrounding area has numerous orchards and vineyards, and the town's industry is based around its fruit and wine production, and also includes a horticultural research centre. The fertile soils that lie between Havelock North and Hastings has prevented urban sprawl linking them together. Havelock North itself is primarily residential and rural-residential housing, with only a relatively small and compact industrial and commercial centre. As a result, a large majority of its 13,000 residents commute each morning to the nearby[Hastings or Napier cities for work.

Havelock North is situated at the base of the prominent landmark Te Mata Peak, a 399-metre outcrop, which according to local Māori legend is the body of the giant Te Mata o Rongokako, and the depression in the land visible behind his head according to the myth is where he tried to bite through the mountain range which filled his stomach turning him to stone.

One of the town's most impressive buildings is Whare Ra, a house built for a temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the early twentieth century.

Havelock North is generally hilly, as it is on the foothills of Te Mata Peak and small gullies have been formed by the creeks and streams flowing from Te Mata Peak, resulting in a small amount of inaccessible or steep land which is converted into forests, parks or reserves, giving the image of naturally having many bushes and trees.

As you enter Havelock North from Hastings you cross a bridge over the Karamu Stream. The deeply incised channel provides a hint that this was once a much larger stream. In the early 1800s this stream was part of the much larger Ngaruroro River system, and was once called the "River Plassey", the same name also being applied to a street in the village after the battle of Plassey of 1757 near Calcutta in India where British Empire hero Robert Clive defeated the Mughal Nawab Siraj ud Daulla. Early survey plans of Havelock North show Ferry landings where boats would sail up and down the river to collect and deliver supplies. Unfortunately a number of large floods during the mid 1800s diverted the Ngaruroro River to its current course further north away from Havelock North and is now referred to as the Karamu Stream.

During the 1931 earthquake the bridge over the Karamu was completely destroyed. Both Hastings and Havelock North obtain water from secure confined aquifer systems. The Te Mata aquifer that feeds Havelock North is very similar to Hastings in quality, but has slightly elevated calcium levels. Hastings is situated directly over the Heretaunga Plains aquifer system.

Areas within Havelock North include Anderson Park, Iona, Havelock North Central, Te Mata and Te Mata Hills, from the census units of Statistics NZ.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2001 10,392 —    
2006 12,150 +3.18%
2013 13,071 +1.05%


Havelock North
Suburban Havelock North.
Vineyard Outside Havelock North
Vineyard on Te Mata Road during summer

Havelock North took its name from Sir Henry Havelock, a hero of the Indian Mutiny campaign, thus keeping with the local habit of naming towns after prominent men from Imperial India. Its founders originally envisaged a larger town for the site, but when the Wellington-Napier rail line went through the area in 1874 it took a direct route some distance from Havelock North, and Hastings became a more logical choice for residents

Like a number of North Island towns, Havelock North has grown larger than its South Island namesake, Havelock, in the Marlborough Sounds.

Havelock North was the centre for Havelock Work, a quasi-religious movement based at Whare Ra, a temple of the Stella Matutina magical order.

In August 2016, over 3,000 residents had gastric illness after the water supply was contaminated by campylobacter.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2001 10,392 —    
2006 12,222 +3.30%
2013 13,167 +1.07%
2018 14,331 +1.71%
The 2001 population may not use the same boundaries

Havelock North, comprising the statistical areas of Lucknow, Karanema-St Hill, Havelock North-Central, Brookvale, Iona, Hereworth, Te Mata Hills and Havelock Hills, had a population of 14,331 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,164 people (8.8%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 2,109 people (17.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 5,505 households. There were 6,564 males and 7,770 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.84 males per female, with 2,763 people (19.3%) aged under 15 years, 1,791 (12.5%) aged 15 to 29, 5,943 (41.5%) aged 30 to 64, and 3,840 (26.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 91.0% European/Pākehā, 10.0% Māori, 1.3% Pacific peoples, 3.5% Asian, and 2.1% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 20.8%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 46.5% had no religion, 43.5% were Christian, 0.5% were Hindu, 0.5% were Muslim, 0.5% were Buddhist and 2.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 3,228 (27.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,626 (14.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 5,097 (44.1%) people were employed full-time, 1,812 (15.7%) were part-time, and 225 (1.9%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Lucknow 1,461 480 31.5 years $26,800
Karanema-St Hill 1,950 741 57.4 years $25,400
Havelock North-Central 441 216 55.4 years $32,700
Brookvale 2,433 972 51 years $34,900
Iona 2,667 978 44 years $33,000
Hereworth 2,865 1,143 47.7 years $38,100
Te Mata Hills 984 357 48.8 years $53,900
Havelock Hills 1,530 618 50 years $42,600
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Hereworth School Chapel, Havelock North
Hereworth School chapel

Havelock North has eight schools:

  • Havelock North Primary School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with approximately 509 students.
  • Lucknow School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with approximately 294 students.
  • Te Mata School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with approximately 494 students.
  • Hereworth School is a private boys' full primary (Year 1–8) school with approximately 293 students.
  • Havelock North Intermediate is a state intermediate (Year 7–8) school with approximately 534 students.
  • Havelock North High School is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school with approximately 1,100 students. The school opened in 1975.
  • Iona College is a state-integrated Presbyterian girls' secondary school (Year 7–13) with approximately 330 students. The school opened in 1914.
  • Woodford House is a state-integrated Anglican girls' secondary (Year 7–13) school with approximately 384 students. It was established by Annie Mabel Hodge in 1894.

Hereworth, Iona College and Woodford House are boarding schools. They take a very few local day pupils.

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