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Kaipara District
Territorial authority
Kaipara District Council building in Dargaville
Kaipara District Council building in Dargaville
Kaipara Territorial Authority.PNG
Country New Zealand
Region Northland
Wards Dargaville
West Coast-Central
Seat Dargaville
 • Land 3,109.09 km2 (1,200.43 sq mi)
 (June 2020)
 • Total 25,200
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
Map of postcodes
Website Kaipara District Council

The Kaipara District is located in the Northland Region in northern New Zealand.


Maungaturoto Markets
Maungaturoto Markets are held on the 1st Friday of the month.
Typical Maungaturoto View
Photo taken from View Road, Maungaturoto

Kaipara District is located in the rolling hills around the northern shores of the Kaipara Harbour, a large natural harbour open to the Tasman Sea. Kaipara District Council shares management of the harbour with various other organisations, most notably Northland Regional Council (in the north) and Auckland Council to the south.

The roughly triangular district stretches from a thinning of the Northland Peninsula south of Kaiwaka and Mangawhai in the southeast to the Waipoua Forest in the northwest. The District's western boundary is defined by Ripiro Beach which stretches down Northland’s west coast from Maunganui Bluff and the Waipoua Forest in the North, to Pouto at the entrance to the Kaipara Harbour. The region is bisected by the Northern Wairoa River and its tributaries, which flow into the northern end of the Kaipara Harbour.


The District has no major urban centre but does have numerous towns and villages including Dargaville (the primary service centre in the west), Ruawai, Matakohe, Paparoa, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Mangawhai, Tinopai, Te Kopuru, Kaihu, Pahi and Whakapirau as well as the rural area which surrounds them. It has a population of 21,700 (June 2016), of whom about 4450 live in Dargaville, the seat of the district council.

The population is largely rural, living in small settlements scattered amongst the rolling hills or nestled on the shores of the harbour, including the harbour villages of Tinopai, Pahi and Whakapirau. The area around Dargaville is noted for the high proportion of residents of Dalmatian descent and has an active Dalmatian Club.

The nearest city is Whangarei, 45 kilometres northeast of Dargaville.

Community spirit is strong among the various rural communities, as is evident by the numerous local clubs, volunteer organisations and other initiatives. Dargaville has an annual Arts and Crafts Festival run by the local Rotary club and also features weekly Riverside Produce Markets on Thursday afternoons. Maungaturoto has a monthly market on a Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the Maungaturoto Hall and also has a volunteer group (Maungaturoto Residents Association) dedicated to beautifying the town. A similar volunteer group also exists in Ruawai and Paparoa (Progressive Paparoa).


Kaipara District covers 3,109.09 km2 (1,200.43 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 25,200 as of June 2020, with a population density of 8 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 18,135 —    
2013 18,963 +0.64%
2018 22,869 +3.82%

Kaipara District had a population of 22,869 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 3,906 people (20.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 4,734 people (26.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 8,748 households. There were 11,520 males and 11,349 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.02 males per female. The median age was 46.0 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 4,425 people (19.3%) aged under 15 years, 3,354 (14.7%) aged 15 to 29, 10,020 (43.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 5,073 (22.2%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 83.3% European/Pākehā, 24.6% Māori, 3.8% Pacific peoples, 2.8% Asian, and 1.7% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 14.2, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 51.9% had no religion, 34.5% were Christian, 0.5% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim, 0.4% were Buddhist and 4.1% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,085 (11.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 4,572 (24.8%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $24,500, compared with $31,800 nationally. 1,998 people (10.8%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 7,803 (42.3%) people were employed full-time, 2,964 (16.1%) were part-time, and 639 (3.5%) were unemployed.

Individual wards (2018 boundaries)
Name Area (km2) Population Density (per km2) Households Median age Median income
Dargaville Ward 12.56 4,794 381.69 1,812 44.1 years $22,200
West Coast-Central Ward 2,368.76 7,293 3.08 2,760 44.8 years $25,600
Otamatea Ward 727.39 10,785 14.83 4,176 47.8 years $25,600
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800
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