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Horowhenua District
Territorial authority
Lake Papaitonga
Lake Papaitonga
Horowhenua Territorial Authority.png
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatū-Whanganui
Wards Levin
Kere Kere
Seat Levin
 • Total 1,063.91 km2 (410.78 sq mi)
 (June 2020)
 • Total 36,100
 • Density 33.93/km2 (87.88/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Map of postcodes
Website Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua District is a local government district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It forms part of the Manawatū-Whanganui region. Its name roughly means shaking or rippling earth.

Located north of Wellington and Kapiti, the district stretches from slightly north of the town of Ōtaki in the south to just south of Himatangi in the north, and from the coast to the summit of the Tararua Ranges.

The main town and seat of the district council is Levin, and other towns in the district include Foxton, Shannon, and Tokomaru. The population of the district is 36,100 (June 2020).

Wards of Horowhenua District

  • Levin Ward
  • Waiopehu Ward
  • Miranui Ward
  • Kere Kere Ward

Land use in Horowhenua

Much of the area was once an extensive wetland and the centre of a substantial flax industry. It has been progressively drained and converted to productive but flood-prone farmland, with a mixture of loam and peat based soils. Some parts of the wetland, particularly those around Lake Horowhenua are being returned to their former state as a conservation area, with the help of local Māori. One of the local tribal authorities is the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority.


In rugby, a combined Horowhenua-Kapiti team represents the area in the amateur Heartland Championship.

In cricket, a Horowhenua-Kapiti team has competed in the Hawke Cup since 2002.


Horowhenua District covers 1,063.91 km2 (410.78 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 36,100 as of June 2020, with a population density of 34 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 29,868 —    
2013 30,096 +0.11%
2018 33,261 +2.02%

Horowhenua District had a population of 33,261 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 3,165 people (10.5%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,393 people (11.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 13,230 households. There were 16,143 males and 17,118 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.94 males per female. The median age was 46.8 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 6,087 people (18.3%) aged under 15 years, 5,244 (15.8%) aged 15 to 29, 13,707 (41.2%) aged 30 to 64, and 8,223 (24.7%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 81.0% European/Pākehā, 24.5% Māori, 5.7% Pacific peoples, 4.1% Asian, and 1.6% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 14.1, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 51.1% had no religion, 36.0% were Christian, 0.4% were Hindu, 0.1% were Muslim, 0.4% were Buddhist and 2.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,877 (10.6%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 7,806 (28.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $23,900, compared with $31,800 nationally. 2,337 people (8.6%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 10,905 (40.1%) people were employed full-time, 3,567 (13.1%) were part-time, and 1,311 (4.8%) were unemployed.

Individual wards
Name Area (km2) Population Density (per km2) Households Median age Median income
Kere Kere Ward 242.87 5,949 24.49 2,430 48.8 years $23,700
Miranui Ward 299.82 3,189 10.64 1,170 37.0 years $27,100
Levin Ward 14.71 17,133 1,164.72 6,837 45.4 years $22,500
Waiopehu Ward 506.50 6,990 13.80 2,790 51.7 years $29,000
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800
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