About Our Council
On behalf of the people of Kawerau, I would like to welcome you to our District, which is renowned for its friendliness, great sense of community, a wonderful climate and a strong Maori heritage.
Kawerau, of which we are very proud, was founded in 1953 and has the distinction of being one of the youngest towns in New Zealand. Located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Kawerau offers the visitor or resident; scenic parks, walks, picnic areas, beautiful unspoiled rivers within easy reach of lakes, beaches, thermal areas and historic sites.
A leisurely pace of life and economical housing make Kawerau an attractive place in which to buy and live.
With the natural beauty and peace of the surrounding mountains, hot summers and mild winters, Kawerau boasts a compact shopping centre bordered by wide picturesque tree lined streets and seasonal floral beds, displaying splendid colours throughout the year.
A wide range of sporting and recreational activities, including a bowling club, pony club, golf club and a free thermally heated swimming pool, provides an idyllic lifestyle second to none.
Major annual events include the Kawerau Woodfest, Kawerau Mountain Race, Kawerau Big 3 Competition and a mid winter half marathon. Our kayaking course on the Tarawera River hosts many NZ Whitewater competitions. Discover for yourself what a great place Kawerau is. Whatever your interest, there is something to suit everyone's taste.
Elected Members and Council Staff are freely available to assist residents or visitors and if there is any particular information you require, I invite you to contact us.
Malcolm J Campbell, JP