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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 features 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 live, work, invest and play.

Kawerau boasts a natural beauty and peace thanks to its surrounding scenery. Its residents enjoy hot summers and mild winters. The town boasts a compact shopping centre bordered by wide, 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 Kawerau Woodfest, King of the Mountain running race, Big 3 competition and a mid-winter half-marathon. Our kayaking course on the Tarawera River hosts many national 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 help residents or visitors. If you need particular information please contact us.


Malcolm J Campbell, JP