Far North District

The Far North District is the northernmost territorial authority district of New Zealand, consisting of the northern part of the Northland Peninsula in the North Island. It stretches from North Cape and Cape Reinga in the north, down to the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga and the town of Kaikohe.

Far North District
CountryNew Zealand
RegionNorthland Region
DistrictFar North District Council
WardsBay of Islands/Whangaroa
Kaikohe/Hokianga
Te Hiku
SeatKaikohe
Government
  MayorJohn Carter
Area
  Total7,323.86 km2 (2,827.76 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2018)[1]
  Total67,200
  Density9.2/km2 (24/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
Area code(s)09
WebsiteFNDC.govt.nz

Geography

The Far North District is the largest of three territorial authorities making up the Northland Region. The district stretches from the capes and bays at the northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula past Ninety Mile Beach to the main body of the Northland Peninsula, where it encompasses the Parengarenga Harbour, Whangaroa Harbour and Bay of Islands (on the east coast) and Hokianga (on the west coast).

It borders on the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, which are the other two territorial authorities in the Northland Region.

Population

The northernmost town in the district is Kaitaia. There is a cluster of towns on the east coast around the Bay of Islands, (Kerikeri, Paihia, Russell, Opua, Kawakawa and Moerewa), the town of Kaikohe centrally situated to the west of them, and a cluster of small settlements on the west coast surrounding the Hokianga Harbour (Omapere, Opononi, Rawene, Panguru, Kohukohu, and Horeke).

The district has 67,200 people (June 2018),[1] of whom 40 percent are Māori. Over the last 10 years the district's population has defied national (and worldwide) trends by becoming increasingly rural. The largest town is Kerikeri with a population of 6507, followed by Kaitaia with 4887, and Kaikohe, the seat of the District Council, with 3915.

Local government

The Far North District Council was formed through the amalgamation of the former Counties of Mangonui, Hokianga, Whangaroa and Bay of Islands and the Boroughs of Kaitaia and Kaikohe.

The district has three wards:

  • Te Hiku (in the north)
  • Kaikohe/Hokianga (in the west)
  • Bay of Islands/Whangaroa (in the east)

The current mayor is former local Member of Parliament John Carter.[2]

References

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