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The population was 5,931 in the 2013 Census, an decrease of 183 from 2006.
At Whangarei Falls, the Hātea River drops 26 metres (85 ft) over a basalt lava flow. There are walkways around the falls and along the river. The falls were originally known as Otuihau, and have been a picnic spot since at least the 1890s. In the 1920s, the land was bought by Archibald Clapham (of Clapham's Clocks) to prevent commercial exploitation of the falls. The Whangarei Businessmen's Association raised funds in 1946 to buy the land on behalf of the citizens of the town.
The Paramount Plaza shopping centre on Paramount Parade serves the suburb and is anchored by a large Countdown Supermarket. It contains a service station, several food outlets, a liquor store, a pharmacy, a video store and a medical centre. Nearby the plaza is the Tikipunga branch of the Whangarei Libraries. There is also a smaller suburban shopping strip on the corner of Kiripaka and Spedding roads.
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