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Paekakariki is a town in the Kapiti Coast District in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. It is situated 22 km north of Porirua and 45 km north-east of Wellington, the nation's capital city. Image File history File links Location map of Paekakariki, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Kapiti Coast District is the name of a local government district in the north-west corner of the Wellington Region of New Zealand. ... The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Porirua is a city in New Zealand, 20 km north of Wellington. ... Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke) is the capital city of New Zealand and the countrys second-largest urban area. ...

Paekakariki's population is 1731 (2001 census). The town's name is a Maori word meaning "Perching place of the kakariki (green parrot)". Māori (or Maori) is a language spoken by the native peoples of New Zealand and the Cook Islands. ...

Paekakariki lies on a narrowing of the thin coastal plain between the Tasman Sea and the Akatarawa Ranges (a spur of the Tararua Ranges, and as such is an important transportation node. To the south of Paekakariki State Highway 1 climbs towards Porirua; to the north the plains extend inland from the Kapiti Coast, but at Paekakariki itself both the highway and North Island Main Trunk railway run close together between the coast and hills. The Tasman Sea is the large body of water between Australia and New Zealand and is a south-western segment of the South Pacific Ocean. ... The Tararua Range (often referred to as the Tararua Ranges) is one of several mountain ranges in the North Island of New Zealand which form a ridge running parallel with the east coast of the island between East Cape and Wellington. ... The New Zealand State Highway network is a network of roads covering the North and South Islands. ... Kapiti Island seen from Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast. ... The NIMT is the railway line connecting Auckland and Wellington, the two major cities of New Zealands North Island. ...

In the days immediately prior to European settlement at Paekakariki the area had a violent history, due mainly to the presence of the great Maori warrior leader Te Rauparaha, whose pa was on nearby Kapiti Island. He died in 1849, the same year that a road was completed connecting Paekakariki with Porirua. Te Puni, Māori Chief Māori is the name of the indigenous people of New Zealand, and their language. ... Maori Chief and War Leader of the Ngati Toa tribe, Te Rauparaha (1760s?-1849) took a leading part in the Musket Wars. ... Pa, Maori word meaning a fortified village or redoubt, described at length in Maori Wars. ... Kapiti Island seen from Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast. ... 1849 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

Paekakariki's history has been intimately linked with the railway, and there is a rail museum (The Paekakariki Railway and Heritage Museum) at the town. In 1886 the Wellington and Manawatu Railway was completed, and Paekakariki became an important stop on the journey. From 1917 until the 1960s, during which time New Zealand Railways did not have refreshment cars, Paekakariki became a main refreshment stop on the trip north. 1886 is a common year starting on Friday (click on link to calendar) // Events January 9 - The United States of America is 40,000 days old. ...

Today, the town's main income is from tourists, with a thriving arts community and a good local beach attracting visitors.

Trivia: The town was immortalised as an almost mythical distant place in the song "Paekakariki Beach" by British rock group New Model Army in 2000. New Model Army are a modern punk band, more melodic than many of their classic counterparts and widely respected for their unwavering political stance and working class ethics. ...



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