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Suburb of Whangārei
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Coordinates: 35°41′06″S174°19′43″E / 35.684873°S 174.328543°E / -35.684873; 174.328543 Coordinates: 35°41′06″S174°19′43″E / 35.684873°S 174.328543°E / -35.684873; 174.328543
Country New Zealand
City Whangārei
Electoral wardDenby Ward
  Land868 ha (2,145 acres)
 (June 2022) [2]
Kauri Totara Parklands Glenbervie
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Pfeil links.svgTikipungaPfeil rechts.svg
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Whau Valley Otangarei

Tikipunga is one of the biggest suburbs in Whangārei, New Zealand. It is in the north-east part of the city and has the landmark Whangārei Falls nearby.



Tikipunga covers 5.48 km2 (2.12 sq mi) [1] and had an estimated population of 7,840 as of June 2022, [2] with a population density of 1,431 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [3]

Tikipunga had a population of 6,906 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,422 people (25.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,143 people (19.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,433 households, comprising 3,213 males and 3,693 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.87 males per female, with 1,662 people (24.1%) aged under 15 years, 1,296 (18.8%) aged 15 to 29, 2,496 (36.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,452 (21.0%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 69.8% European/Pākehā, 41.8% Māori, 6.3% Pacific peoples, 3.3% Asian, and 1.6% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 12.9, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 48.4% had no religion, 36.9% were Christian, 4.2% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.4% were Hindu, 0.1% were Muslim, 0.6% were Buddhist and 1.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 522 (10.0%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 1,416 (27.0%) people had no formal qualifications. 408 people (7.8%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,118 (40.4%) people were employed full-time, 606 (11.6%) were part-time, and 315 (6.0%) were unemployed. [3]

Individual statistical areas
NameArea (km2)PopulationDensity (per km2)HouseholdsMedian ageMedian income
Tikipunga North2.743,0031,0961,05936.4 years$21,900 [4]
Tikipunga South2.743,9031,4241,37435.4 years$25,500 [5]
New Zealand37.4 years$31,800


The nearby Whangārei Falls have since the 1940s been in public ownership. [6]


Tikipunga High School is a state coeducational Year 7-13 secondary school on Corks Road, with a roll of 283 students as of November 2022. [7] [8] The school opened in 1971.

Tikipunga Primary School is a contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a roll of 303 students as of November 2022. [7] [9]

Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhiti Roa is a composite (years 1–15) school with a roll of 169 students as of November 2022. [7] [10]

All these schools are coeducational.


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 is the Tikipunga branch of the Whangārei Libraries. There is also a smaller suburban shopping strip on the corner of Kiripaka Road and Spedding Road.


  1. 1 2 "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  2. 1 2 "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand . Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  3. 1 2 "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Tikipunga North (106200) and Tikipunga South (106500).
  4. 2018 Census place summary: Tikipunga North
  5. 2018 Census place summary: Tikipunga South
  6. Parkes, W. F. (1992). Guide to Whangarei City and District. p. 11. ISBN   0-473-01639-7.
  7. 1 2 3 "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  8. Education Counts: Tikipunga High School
  9. Education Counts: Tikipunga Primary School
  10. Education Counts: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Rawhiti Roa

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