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Environment Waikato
Waikato Regional Council
Country: New Zealand
Regional Council
Name: Environment Waikato
Chair: Jenni Vernon
Population: 226,100
2005 estimate
Land Area: 24,025km²
Website: http://www.ew.govt.nz
Cities and Towns
Cities: Hamilton
Towns: Huntly, Taupo, Te Kuiti, Putaruru, Tirau, Cambridge, Ngaruawahia, Taupiri, Morrinsville, Ngatea, Te Aroha, Tokoroa, Miranda, Raglan, Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Matamata, Waihi, Thames, Coromandel
Constituent Territorial Authorities
Names: Hamilton City
Waikato District
South Waikato District
Waipa District
Thames-Coromandel District
Matamata-Piako District
Waitomo District
Otorohanga District
Franklin District
Hauraki District
Taupo District
Rotorua District
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Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. Exact boundaries of the region depend largely on the use of the name, but in all cases it refers to an area around the city of Hamilton and extending along the banks of the Waikato River. This is an alphabetical list of countries of the world, including independent states (both those that are internationally recognised and generally unrecognised), inhabited dependent territories and areas of special sovereignty. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Regions is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is New Zealands seventh largest city, and the centre of the countrys fourth largest urban area. ... The South Waikato South Waikato is a district on the North Island of New Zealand with a population of 22,500 (provisional count, 2006 census). ... Categories: Stub | Waikato | Territorial Authorities of New Zealand ... The Thames-Coromandel District Council in the North Island of New Zealand is seated in the town of Thames. ... The Matamata-Piako District is a local government area in the Waikato region of New Zealand. ... Waitomo is a district-type municipality in the southwest of the Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Otorohanga is a town at the southern end of the Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... A true-colour image showing the Auckland area. ... The Hauraki District Council is a municipality in the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Taupo District covers 6,350 km2 of land, as well as a further 610 km2 of lake area, both in Lake Taupo, the countrys largest lake, and also in the smaller Lake Rotoaira. ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is New Zealands seventh largest city, and the centre of the countrys fourth largest urban area. ... The Waikato River system The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ...

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Different definitions

The Waikato local government region

The Waikato Region is a local government region on the western side of the North Island. It stretches from Lake Taupo and northern King Country in the south, up to the Coromandel Peninsula and the boundary with the Auckland Region. The region has an area of 25,000 km 2, and an estimated 2004 population of 381,900. Local governments are administrative offices of an area smaller than a state or province. ... Regions is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... Lake Taupo. ... The King Country is a region of the western North Island of New Zealand. ... Location of Coromandel Peninsula A true-colour image showing Auckland city (left), the Hauraki Gulf (centre) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right). ... Auckland Region is a local government region in New Zealand. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Waikato region (general use of term)

The term Waikato is likely to generally include only a part of the local government region, excluding areas around the Coromandel Peninsula and Thames Valley in the north and around and to the north of Lake Taupo in the southeast. The Thames Valley is a district in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Lake Taupo. ...


The Waikato District

Waikato also refers to the district administered by the Waikato District Council. This covers the towns of Ngaruawahia, Huntly and Raglan. Categories: Stub | Waikato | Territorial Authorities of New Zealand ... Waikato River, passing through Ngāruawāhia A loose translation of the word Ngāruawāhia (Wāhia-ngā-rua) means the place of the two rivers in Māori, a reference to the joining of the Waipa and Waikato rivers. ... Huntly Power Station on the western bank of the Waikato River Huntly (population 7,067) is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... This article is about the New Zealand town of Raglan. ...


The Waikato River

The Waikato refers to the long river from which the region gets its name. Waikato is a Māori word meaning flowing water. The Waikato River system The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ... Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ...


Geography

Waikato River passing through Hamilton
Waikato River passing through Hamilton

In the west, the region is bounded by the Tasman Sea. The coastal region is largely rough hill country, known locally as the Hakarimata Range, though it is more gently undulating in the north, closer to the mouth of the Waikato River. The coast is punctured by three large natural harbours: Raglan Harbour, Aotea Harbour, and Kawhia Harbour. The area around Raglan is noted for its volcanic black sand beaches, and also for its fine surfing conditions. Download high resolution version (750x758, 128 KB)Waikato River passing through Hamilton, NZ. Photo taken August, 2003 copyright Richard Gallagher. ... Download high resolution version (750x758, 128 KB)Waikato River passing through Hamilton, NZ. Photo taken August, 2003 copyright Richard Gallagher. ... fuck you Map of the Tasman Sea Satellite photo of the Tasman Sea The Tasman Sea is the large body of water between Australia and New Zealand, some 2000 kilometres (1250 miles) across. ... Categories: New Zealand geography stubs | Waikato | Mountains of New Zealand ... This article is about the New Zealand town of Raglan. ... Aotea Harbour is one of three large natural inlets in the Tasman Sea coast of the Waikato region of New Zealands North Island. ... Location of Kawhia Harbour Kawhia Harbour is one of three large natural inlets in the Tasman Sea coast of the Waikato region of New Zealands North Island. ... For other uses, see Volcano (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Surfing (disambiguation). ...


To the east of the coastal hills lies the broad floodplain of the Waikato River. The region has a wet temperate climate, and the land is largely rich farmland, although it also contains undrained peat swamp. It is in the broad Waikato Plains that most of the region's population resides, and the land is intensively farmed with both livestock (mainly dairy cattle) and crops (such as maize). The area around Cambridge has many thoroughbred stables. Gravel floodplain of a glacial river near the Snow Mountains in Alaska, 1902. ... Peat in Lewis, Scotland Peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation matter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Waikato Plains are a large area of low-lying land in the northwest of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Dairy farm near Oxford, New York A dairy is a facility for the extraction and processing of animal milk (mostly from cows, sometimes from buffalo, sheep or goats) and other farm animals, for human consumption. ... Corn redirects here. ... Cambridge is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Thoroughbred horse racing is the main form of horse-racing throughout the world. ...


The north of the region around Te Kauwhata produces some of New Zealand's best wines. Several shallow lakes lie in this area, the largest of which is Lake Waikare. Te Kauwhata is a small town in the north of the Waikato region of New Zealand, close to the western shore of Lake Waikare40 kilometres north of Hamilton. ... A glass of red wine This article is about the alcoholic beverage. ... Lake Waikare is the largest of several shallow lakes in the upper floodplain of the Waikato River in New Zealands North Island. ...


To the east, the land rises towards the forested slopes of the Kaimai and Mamaku Ranges. The upper reaches of the Waikato River are used for hydroelectricity, and several large artificial lakes are found in the region's southeast. The Kaimai Range is a mountain range located in the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Mamaku Ranges are a range of rugged hills in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Hydraulic turbine and electrical generator. ...


History

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the western North Island contained some of the most densely populated parts of New Zealand, inhabited by iwi such as Ngāti Toa and Tainui. Iwi (pronounced ee-wee) are the largest everyday social units in Māori society. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tainui is a Maori Iwi Waka Confederation of New Zealand. ...


The Waikato has a prominent history, particularly regarding relationships between Māori and European in early colonial New Zealand. During the Land Wars of the 1860s, the Waikato was the scene of major bloodshed in what is referred to as the Invasion of the Waikato. Largely in retaliation for Waikato Māori helping Taranaki Māori protect their land in the earlier Taranaki War, the colonial government — with the help of troops brought from Britain — pushed south from the main settlement of Auckland, fighting several defensive lines organised by the combined iwi of the King Movement. During 1863 and 1864 fighting occurred at Meremere, Ngaruawahia, Rangiaowhia (southwest of Cambridge) and at Orakau (near Te Awamutu). Eventually the King Movement's forces pulled back to positions in the area to the south of the Waikato, still known as the King Country. The Orakau siege was immortalised in one of New Zealand's first motion pictures as Rewi's Last Stand in 1925. M is the thirteenth letter of the Latin alphabet. ... // The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA is built in the six year period between 1863 and 1869. ... The Invasion of the Waikato was an invasion during the Maori Wars fought in the North Island of New Zealand from July 1863 to April 1864 between the military forces of the Colonial Government and a federation of Maori tribes known as the King Movement (Kiingitanga). ... The Taranaki War is a conflict that took place between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand from March 1860 to March 1861. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Iwi (pronounced ee-wee) are the largest everyday social units in Māori society. ... The leader of the Tainui Māori is known as the Māori Queen or King. ... 1863 (MDCCCLXIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the Julian calendar). ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Meremere is a small town in the northern Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... The King Country is a region of the western North Island of New Zealand. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


The National Marae, Turangawaewae, is at Ngaruawahia. It is the seat of newly crowned Māori King Tuheitia Paki. A Maori word now common in New Zealand English, marae refers an area of land where the Wharenui or meeting house (literally big house) sits. ... Turangawaewae is the National Marae of New Zealand. ... Tuheitia Paki (born 21 April 1955) is the current Māori king. ...


People

Cities and towns

The city of Hamilton is the major centre, with a population in 2005 of 115,000 to 120,000. It is home to Waikato University and Wintec. The towns of Matamata, Tokoroa, Te Awamutu and Cambridge each have between 10,000 and 15,000+ people in the actual townships and surrounding rural areas. Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is New Zealands seventh largest city, and the centre of the countrys fourth largest urban area. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that DAG Technology be merged into this article or section. ... Matamata is a rural Waikato town in New Zealand with a total population of around 12,000 (6,000 in rural areas, 6,000 in the township). ... Tokoroa is the second largest town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Te Awamutu is a town in the Waikato on the North Island of New Zealand. ... Cambridge is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...


The region also includes the smaller towns of Huntly, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga, Putaruru, Raglan, Te Kauwhata, Te Kuiti, and Tirau. Huntly Power Station on the western bank of the Waikato River Huntly (population 7,067) is a town in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Morrinsville is a town in the Waikato region of New Zealands North Island. ... Waikato River, passing through Ngāruawāhia A loose translation of the word Ngāruawāhia (Wāhia-ngā-rua) means the place of the two rivers in Māori, a reference to the joining of the Waipa and Waikato rivers. ... Otorohanga is a town at the southern end of the Waikato region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Putaruru is a small town in the Waikato region of New Zealands North Island. ... This article is about the New Zealand town of Raglan. ... Te Kauwhata is a small town in the north of the Waikato region of New Zealand, close to the western shore of Lake Waikare40 kilometres north of Hamilton. ... Te Kuiti viewed from the south-west as SH3 climbs out of the town. ... The Big Sheep Wool Gallery, Tirau NZ Main Road, Tirau Tirau is a small town of approximately 800 people in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, 50 kilometres southeast of Hamilton. ...


Other towns within the Waikato government region, but outside the normally accepted Waikato area, include Tuakau and Mercer, south of Auckland; Paeroa, Te Aroha, Thames, Whangamata, and Whitianga around the Thames Valley and Coromandel Peninsula; and the city of Taupo (population 21,000) and town of Turangi in the southeast. Tuakau is a town in the Franklin district, in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Paeroa is a small town in New Zealand. ... Te Aroha is a rural town in the Thames Valley region of New Zealand with a population of around 3,700 (2001 census). ... Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealands North Island. ... The town of Whangamata is sited on the southeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Whitianga beach, North Island, New Zealand The town of Whitianga is sited on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Taupo is a large urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Turangi is a town on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand at the southwest corner of Lake Taupo. ...


The people of the Waikato occasionally use the nickname Mooloo to apply to themselves or to their province, particularly in relation to sporting endeavours. The word was likely first applied to the Waikato provincial rugby team. Its origin is related to the mascot of a pantomime-like milking cow used in parades, public events and sports matches - particularly rugby, reflecting the importance of the dairy industry to the region. Waikato hosts the Waikato Chiefs Super 14 rugby team and Waikato provincial rugby team at Waikato stadium and the Northern Districts provincial Cricket team. In New Zealand rugby, a Mooloo is a member of the Waikato rugby team and its supporters in the National Provincial Championship. ... The Waikato Rugby Union is the official governing body of rugby union in the region of Waikato on the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Chiefs (formerly known as Waikato Chiefs), are a New Zealand rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand, and representing the Counties Manukau, Waikato, Thames Valley, King Country and Bay of Plenty unions; up until 1999 North Harbour which was swapped with the Blues for Counties Manukau. ...


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The Right Honourable James Brendan Jim Bolger, ONZ, (born 31 May 1935) was Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1990 to 1997. ... For other persons named Helen Clark, see Helen Clark (disambiguation). ... The Prime Minister of New Zealand is New Zealands head of government and is the leader of the party or coalition with majority support in the Parliament of New Zealand. ... Donald Barry Clarke (November 10, 1933–December 29, 2002) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played 89 times (31 of these were test matches) as an All Black from 1956 until 1964. ... A rugby union scrum. ... The Datsuns are a New Zealand hard rock band formed in 2000. ... Brian Timothy Tim Finn OBE (born June 25, 1952) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Neil Mullane Finn OBE (born May 27, 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand) is a singer and songwriter and one of New Zealands foremost musicians. ... Split Enz was a successful New Zealand band during the late 1970s and early 1980s featuring brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. ... Crowded House is a pop-rock group formed in Melbourne, Australia and led by New Zealand musician Neil Finn. ... Dame Malvina Major, (born 28 January 1943) is one of the worlds finest sopranos. ... Bruce Leslie McLaren (30 August 1937–2 June 1970), born in Auckland, New Zealand, was a race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor. ... Auto racing (also known as automobile racing or autosport) is a sport involving racing automobiles. ... Colin Earl Meads (born June 3, 1936 in Cambridge, New Zealand) nicknamed Pinetree, is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer who played 133 times (55 of these were test matches) as an All Black from 1957 until 1971. ... Richard OBrien (born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is a writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. ... The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) (first released in the United Kingdom on 14 August 1975) is a cult-science fiction-comedy-horror musical film directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and Richard OBrien. ... Eva Rickard (1925-1997) was a New Zealand - Aotearoa Māori of Tainui ancestry; a mother of 9, a grandmother, a spiritual guardian of New Zealand Māori traditions, a political land rights activist and a valuable member of the (Te Kòpua) Raglan community where she was born and... Tainui is a Maori Iwi Waka Confederation of New Zealand. ... Frank Sargeson (21 March 1903 – 1 March 1982) was born Norris Frank Davey in Hamilton, New Zealand, and educated at Hamilton Boys High School. ... Dame Catherine Anne Tizard (nee Maclean) GCMG GCVO DBE QSO (4 April 1931–) was a Governor-General of New Zealand, and the first woman to be appointed to the office. ... The Mayor of Auckland is the head of the municipal government of Auckland, New Zealand, and presides over the Auckland City Council. ... Flag of the Governor-General of New Zealand. ... Mark Todd (born March 1, 1956)(height 172) is a New Zealand horseman who was voted Rider of the 20th Century by the International Equestrian Federation, (Fédération Equestre Internationale). ... Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu Te Atairangi Kaahu is the reigning Māori Queen, elected in 1966 following the passing of her father, Koroki. ... The Māori King Movement or Kīngitanga is a movement that arose among some of the Māori tribes of New Zealand in the 1850s to establish a symbolic role similar in status to that of the monarch of the colonising people, the British. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Te Puea Herangi (1883-1952) was a respected Maori leader from New Zealands Waikato region. ... Languages Māori, English Religions Māori religion, Christianity Related ethnic groups other Polynesian peoples, Austronesian peoples The word Māori refers to the indigenous people of New Zealand and their language. ... Te Rauparaha (1760s?-1849) was a Maori Chief and War Leader of the Ngati Toa tribe who took a leading part in the Musket Wars. ... Tuheitia Paki (born 21 April 1955) is the current Māori king. ... The Māori King Movement or Kīngitanga is a movement that arose among some of the Māori tribes of New Zealand in the 1850s to establish a symbolic role similar in status to that of the monarch of the colonising people, the British. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

External links

  • Environment Waikato / Waikato Regional Council
  • Tourism Waikato
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Regions of New Zealand Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Region is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ...

North Island:

Northland | Auckland | Waikato | Bay of Plenty | Gisborne¹ | Hawke's Bay | Taranaki | Manawatu-Wanganui | Wellington North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... The Northland Region, one of the 16 regions of New Zealand, is, as the name suggests, the northernmost of New Zealands administrative regions. ... The Auckland Region is one of the 16 Regions of New Zealand, named for Auckland City, the large city at its heart. ... The Bay of Plenty, often abbreviated to BoP, is a region in the North Island of New Zealand situated around the body of water of the same name. ... For other uses of Gisborne see Gisborne (disambiguation). ... Hawkes Bay is a region of New Zealand. ... View of Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont from Stratford, facing west. ... Manawatu-Wanganui is a region situated in the lower half of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Wellington region of New Zealand occupies the southern end of the North Island. ...

South Island:

Tasman¹ | Marlborough¹ | Nelson¹ | West Coast | Canterbury | Otago | Southland The South Island The South Island is one of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the North Island. ...   Categories: Nelson, New Zealand | Territorial Authorities of New Zealand | New Zealand geography stubs ... Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island. ... A view of Nelson from the Centre of New Zealand Nelson stands on the southern corner of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand and is the administrative centre of the Nelson region. ... The West Coast is one of the administrative regions of New Zealand, located on the west coast of the South Island, and is one of the more remote and most sparsely populated areas of the country. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury mostly comprises the Canterbury Plains. ... Otago (help· info) is one of the regions of New Zealand and lies in the south-east of the South Island. ... Southland is the name of New Zealands southernmost region and is also the name of a district within that region. ...

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Waikato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (822 words)
To the east of the coastal hills lies the broad floodplain of the Waikato River.
It is in the broad Waikato Plains that most of the region's population resides, and the land is intensively farmed with both livestock (mainly dairy cattle) and crops (such as maize).
The upper reaches of the Waikato River are used for hydroelectricity, and several large artificial lakes are found in the region's southeast.
Waikato District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (223 words)
The Waikato District is the municipality in the northern Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand.
It is administered by the Waikato District Council, whose headquarters are in Ngaruawahia.
The district is centred to the north and west of the city of Hamilton, and takes in much of the northern Waikato Plains and also the coastal Hakarimata hills.
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