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Opotiki is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand. It houses the headquarters of the Opotiki District Council and comes under the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Image File history File links Location map of Opotiki, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Bay of Plenty, often abbreviated to BoP, is a region of New Zealand situated around the body of water of the same name. ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ...



(All figures are based on the 1996 census, from Statistics New Zealand) Statistics New Zealand (Te Tari Tatau) is a New Zealand government department, and the source of the countrys official statistics. ...


  • of the town: approx.9201
  • total for the district: 9201

Ethnicity (of the district)

  • Maori 54%
  • European (Pakeha) 40%
  • Other or undefined comprise the balance


Iwi based within the district are: Iwi (pronounced ee-wee) are the largest everyday social units in Māori society. ...

  • Whakatohea - from Ohiwa Harbour to Opape, including Opotiki township.
  • Ngaitai are based in Torere.
  • Te Whanau A Apanui and Te Ehutu cover the area from Hawaii to Potaka.

Natural History

The Opotiki district has large stretches of coastline intersected by rivers of which the two main ones are the Otara River and the Waioeka River. The lower river valleys and adjacent tablelands provide productive farming areas whilst the majority of the district comprises very steep and rugged hinterland country covered in native forest, although exotic plantings for commercial timber (mainly pinus radiata) occur on the fringes. The Waioeka River is found in the north of New Zealands North Island. ... A forest is an area with a high density of trees (or, historically, a wooded function as carbon dioxide sinks, animal habitats, hydrologic flow modulators, and soil conservers, constituting one of the most important aspects of the Earths biosphere. ... Binomial name Pinus radiata Pinus radiata (family Pinaceae) is known in English as Monterey Pine in some parts of the world (mainly in the USA and Britain), and Radiata Pine in others (primarily Australia and New Zealand). ...

Wildlife is plentiful in the district with birdlife, animals and fish. Animals come from introduced species considered to be pests (deer, pig, goat, opossum) and are common in the forested areas but wild sheep and cattle can be found as "escapees", from adjacent farmland. In the developed areas, birdlife is a mix of introduced pastoral species from Britain (blackbird, song thrush, various finches, sparrows, pheasant, mallard duck, harrier hawk), california quail and native species (tui, fantail, grey warbler, waxeye, kingfisher, pukeko). In the forested areas the birdlife is mainly native species which in addition to the above include wood pigeon (kererū), blue duck (whio), bellbird, morepork (native owl). In the past the rare kokako (a blue parrot) has even been sighted. Fish species are predominantly indigenous and whitebait are plentiful in-season but introduced trout is present. The district is rich in other exploitable sea life such as molluscs (pipi, tuatua, kina, scallop) and commercial aquaculture is beginning (mussel, oyster). Subfamilies Capreolinae Cervinae Hydropotinae Muntiacinae A deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. ... Species Sus barbatus Sus bucculentus Sus cebifrons Sus celebensis Sus domesticus Sus heureni Sus philippensis Sus salvanius Sus scrofa Sus timoriensis Sus verrucosus Pigs are ungulates native to Eurasia collectively grouped under the genus Sus within the Suidae family. ... Species See Species and subspecies The goat is a mammal in the genus Capra, which consists of nine species: the Ibex, the West Caucasian Tur, the East Caucasian Tur, the Markhor, and the Wild Goat. ... This article or section should be merged with Virginia_opossum The word opossum (usually pronounced without the leading O, or with only a very slight schwa) refers either to the Virginia Opossum in particular, or more generally to any of the other marsupials of magnorder Ameridelphia. ... This article refers to the animal Blackbird, for other uses see Blackbird (disambiguation) Binomial name Turdus merula Linnaeus, 1758 // Blackbird The Blackbird or Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. ... Binomial name Turdus philomelos Brehm, 1831 The Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) is a common European member of the thrush family Turdidae. ... Genera Many, see text Finches are seed-eating passerine birds, the many species of which are found chiefly in the northern hemisphere, but also to a limited extent in Africa and South America. ... Binomial name Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae (Gmelin, 1788) The Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is an endemic passerine bird of New Zealand, one of the largest members of the diverse honeyeater family. ... Fantails are small, insectivorous birds of Australasia belonging to the genus Rhipidura. ... Binomial name Porphyrio porphyrio (Linnaeus, 1758) The Purple Swamphen, Purple Gallinule or Pukeko, Porphyrio porphyrio, is a large bird in the family Rallidae. ... Binomial name Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae (Gmelin, 1789) The Kereru or New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. ... WHIO Television is a TV station in Dayton, OH. Affliated with the CBS Television Network, it was started on channel 13 in 1949 and moved to channel 7 in 1952. ... See also: New Zealand Bellbird Species See text. ... Binomial name Ninox novaeseelandiae ( Gmelin, 1788) The Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae) is a small brown owl found mainly in New Zealand and the more fertile and temperate parts of Australia. ... Binomial name Callaeas cinerea (Gmelin, 1788) The Kokako (Callaeas cinerea) is a forest bird which is endemic to New Zealand. ...

The district has the longest coastline of all local authorities in the Bay of Plenty region and the smallest population density (3.3 people per km2). Pressures to develop the Opotiki coastline have therefore not been as great as in other districts. As a result, the coastline retains a larger proportion of indigenous ecosystems in its landscapes than most other segments of the New Zealand coastline. In ecology, the word ecosystem is an abbreviation of the term, ecological system. ...

The district has a high variety of landforms in what is a relatively small area. The coastline offers bluffs with tidal rocks on one edge to mud-flat estuary on the other extremity, whilst grey sandy beaches and rivers are interspersed between these. The main river valleys stretch back about 16 km to the rugged hills and uplifted flatter areas also suitable for farming occur between the valleys.

External links

  • The council's site
  • Profiles of a dozen other sites for the district
Territorial Authorities of New Zealand
North Shore | Waitakere | Auckland | Manukau | Hamilton | Tauranga | Napier | Palmerston North | Porirua | Upper Hutt | Lower Hutt | Wellington | Nelson* | Christchurch | Dunedin | Invercargill
North Island: Far North | Whangarei | Kaipara | Rodney | Papakura | Franklin | Thames-Coromandel | Hauraki | Waikato | Matamata-Piako | Waipa | South Waikato | Otorohanga | Rotorua | Waitomo | Taupo | Western Bay of Plenty | Whakatane | Kawerau| Opotiki | Gisborne* | Wairoa | Hastings | Central Hawke's Bay | New Plymouth | Stratford | South Taranaki | Ruapehu | Wanganui | Rangitikei | Manawatu | Tararua | Horowhenua | Kapiti Coast | Masterton | Carterton | South Wairarapa
South Island: Tasman* | Marlborough* | Buller | Grey | Westland | Kaikoura | Hurunui | Waimakariri | Selwyn | Ashburton | Timaru | Mackenzie | Waimate | Waitaki | Queenstown-Lakes | Central Otago | Clutha | Gore | Southland
Territory: Chatham Islands
*unitary authorities

  Results from FactBites:
Opotiki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (473 words)
Opotiki is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand.
It houses the headquarters of the Opotiki District Council and comes under the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
The Opotiki district has large stretches of coastline intersected by rivers of which the two main ones are the Otara River and the Waioeka River.
OPOTIKI - 1966 Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (641 words)
Opotiki is situated between the mouths of the Waioeka and Otara Rivers where they enter the head of Opotiki Harbour, an estuarine lagoon opening to the south-eastern shore of the Bay of Plenty.
Opotiki is the chief commercial centre of the south-eastern Bay of Plenty district.
Opotiki is said to be a contraction of Opotikimaitawhiti, which was the name of a spring on the coast near the present town.
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