Central Hawke’s Bay District is part of the Hawke’s Bay Region in the North Island of New Zealand. It has an area of 3,327.92 square kilometres with a population of 13,600 (June 2016). It had a population of 12,717 people as of the 2013 census. This is a decrease of 237 people, or 1.8 percent, since the 2006 Census. It covers the area from Pukehou in the north to Takapau in the south, and from the western Ruahine Range to the Pacific coast in the east.
State Highway 2 runs through the centre of Central Hawke’s Bay leading south to Palmerston North (108 km) and the Wairarapa and north to Hastings (50 km) and Napier. It is 70 kilometres to Napier Port and 75 kilometres to Napier Airport. The Palmerston North – Gisborne railway line runs through the district with one station at Waipukurau. This line connects to the Wairarapa Line at Woodville, and continues through the Manawatu Gorge to Palmerston North.
Each of the four corners of the district has a marae. These are at Pukehou, Kairakau, Porangahau and Takapau.
Towns and local government
The district is administered by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council with the seat in the town of Waipawa. The two main towns are Waipukurau (population 4,080) and Waipawa (2,060) and smaller townships include Otane, Takapau, Tikokino and Ongaonga. There are also several small beach communities including Kairakau, Pourerere, Aramoana, Blackhead and Porangahau.
Central Hawke’s Bay District is divided into 2 wards:
Aramoana / Ruahine