Waverley, Taranaki

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Bear Street
Waverley, Taranaki
Coordinates: 39°45′40″S174°37′48″E / 39.76111°S 174.63000°E / -39.76111; 174.63000
Country New Zealand
Region Taranaki
District South Taranaki District
  Total2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi)
 (2018) [2]
  Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Waverley Railway Station Waverley Railway Station, Taranaki, New Zealand.jpg
Waverley Railway Station

Waverley is a town located in the South Taranaki District in New Zealand. It is 44 km northwest of Whanganui. Patea is 17 km to the west, and Waitōtara is 10 km to the southeast. State Highway 3 and the Marton - New Plymouth Line railway run through the town. [3] [4]


History and culture

Waverley was an important colonial stronghold during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s, during which time the town was called Wairoa. The town is well known for its farming and thoroughbred stables. The race horse Kiwi was trained in the paddocks of a Waverley sheep farm by owner Snow Lupton and went on to go from last on the final bend to win the 1983 Melbourne Cup.


The local Te Wairoa-iti Marae and Maruata meeting house are a meeting place for Ngāti Tai, a hapū of Ngā Rauru Kītahi. [5] [6]

Ironsand mining and renewable energy

The Waipipi onshore ironsand mine operated near Waverley from 1971 to 1987, producing a total of 15.7 million tonnes of concentrate for export. [7] The Waipipi site is now being developed for the Waipipi Wind Farm, with 31 turbines generating up to 133 MW.


Waverley is defined by Statistics New Zealand as a rural settlement and covers 2.28 km2 (0.88 sq mi). It is part of the wider Manutahi-Waitotora statistical area, which covers 293.22 km2 (113.21 sq mi). [1]

The population of Waverley was 819 in the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 21 (2.6%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 39 (-4.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 408 males and 411 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.99 males per female. Ethnicities were 627 people (76.6%) European/Pākehā, 258 (31.5%) Māori, 27 (3.3%) Pacific peoples, and 15 (1.8%) Asian (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities). Of the total population, 138 people (16.8%) were under 15 years old, 126 (15.4%) were 15–29, 354 (43.2%) were 30–64, and 201 (24.5%) were over 65. [2]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [8]

Manutahi-Waitotora had a population of 1,980 at the 2018 New Zealand census, a decrease of 12 people (-0.6%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 102 people (-4.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 834 households. There were 1,032 males and 948 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.09 males per female. The median age was 42.4 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 393 people (19.8%) aged under 15 years, 327 (16.5%) aged 15 to 29, 891 (45.0%) aged 30 to 64, and 366 (18.5%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 81.1% European/Pākehā, 27.6% Māori, 2.9% Pacific peoples, 2.7% Asian, and 1.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 7.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 50.2% had no religion, 38.2% were Christian, 0.3% were Hindu, 0.2% were Muslim and 2.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 141 (8.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 495 (31.2%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $26,700, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 756 (47.6%) people were employed full-time, 228 (14.4%) were part-time, and 63 (4.0%) were unemployed. [8]


Waverley has a large sawmill which employs around 48 staff. The mill is the only major sawmill as far as New Plymouth in the north and Levin in the south.

Waverley Beach Waverley Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand, 22 April 2006.jpg
Waverley Beach

Waverley has a black sand beach, the colour is due to iron sand deposits. The campground at the beach is well used in the summer months, as the beach provides safe surfing. Waverley has a number of cafes and coffee shops and is a popular place for tourists to stop for a break before entering the Taranaki region.

Waverley and surrounding community has a South Taranaki District Council LibraryPlus, which provides a full library service and Council related services. These services include being able to register your dog, pay your rates or inquire about obtaining a building permit. Other services include a Tot Time for the under 5s and bookclub catering to intermediate and high school age children. The LibraryPlus also has three APN computers, offering free internet and Skype to the public.

Waverley has a small skatepark as well as a playground in the town park that can be seen off the main road that runs through Waverley. Also there are well kept tennis courts and on Brassey St there is a small dirt jump track for push bikes. The locals call it the BMX track. The cave at Waverley's cave beach has collapsed due to erosion.


Waverley Primary School is a co-educational contributing primary (years 1–8) school with a roll of 116 students as of November 2021. [9] [10] Public education started in the area in 1873. [11] Waverley High School closed on 20 April 2007, [12] after its NCEA assessments were found to be unreliable. [13] [14]


  1. 1 2 "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  2. 1 2 "Age and sex by ethnic group (grouped total response), for census usually resident population counts, 2006, 2013, and 2018 Censuses (urban rural areas)". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. Peter Dowling, ed. (2004), Reed New Zealand Atlas, Reed Books, map 44, ISBN   0-7900-0952-8
  4. Roger Smith, GeographX (2005), The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand, Robbie Burton, map 97, ISBN   1-877333-20-4
  5. "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  6. "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  7. "Firm wants mining to begin by 2014". Stuff. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  8. 1 2 "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Manutahi-Waitotora (222100). 2018 Census place summary: Manutahi-Waitotora
  9. "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  10. Education Counts: Waverley Primary School
  11. "Jubilees & reunions: Waverley Primary School and Waverley High School", Education Gazette New Zealand, 75 (22), 16 December 1996[ dead link ]
  12. Waverley High School to close, Scoop, 3 April 2007
  13. Stowell, Laurel (15 February 2007), We're not going anywhere: Waverley parents, Wanganui Chronicle
  14. "Questions for Oral Answer — Questions to Ministers: Waverley High School—Confidence in Oversight", Hansard (New Zealand), 637: 7319, 2007

Coordinates: 39°46′S174°38′E / 39.767°S 174.633°E / -39.767; 174.633

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