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Panorama of the view from the White Horse overlooking Waimate township.
Panorama of the view from the White Horse overlooking Waimate township.

Waimate is a town and district in the South Island of New Zealand. It is 45.7 km south of Timaru in south Canterbury, 20 km north of the Waitaki River. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Download high resolution version (7971x1491, 2355 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (7971x1491, 2355 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... The South Island The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. ... Timaru is a major port city in the southern Canterbury region of New Zealand, located 160 kilometres south of Christchurch and about 200 kilometres north of Dunedin on the eastern Pacific coast of the South Island. ... The New Zealand region of Canterbury is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. ... The Waitaki River is a large river in the South Island of New Zealand, some 110 km long. ...


The population of Waimate at the count of the 2001 census is 7,101 people. Waimate has the fewest Maori people per district in New Zealand. It has an area of 3,565 square kilometres (?)


Waimate is well-known locally for its population of wallabies. These marsupials were introduced from Australia and now live in the wild in the countryside surrounding the town. Wallabies are also farmed locally and sometimes exported to zoos. Ancient aboriginal rock painting of a wallaby in Kakadu National Park in Northern Australia. ...

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History

From 1877 until 1966, Waimate was served by the Waimate Branch, a branch line railway that connected with the Main South Line some seven kilometres east in Studholme. For roughly seventy years ending in 1953, the line ran beyond Waimate to Waihao Downs. When the branch line was closed on 31 March 1966, Waimate became the first major town in New Zealand to lose its railway connection. 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... The Waimate Branch was a railway line built in south Canterbury, New Zealand to the major rural town of Waimate. ... A branch line is a relatively minor railway line which branches off a more important through route. ... The Main South Line is half of the South Island Main Trunk Railway in New Zealand and runs south from Lyttelton through Christchurch and down the east coast of the South Island to Invercargill via Dunedin. ... For the hamlet in England, see Studholme, Cumbria. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ...


Economy

Like much of rural New Zealand, Waimate suffered from an economic downturn in the 1980s, with the closure of the dairy factory and a number of sawmills. For the last decade of the 20th century the biggest employers in the district were two furniture manufacturers, a vegetable processing plant and a factory making french fries and other potato products at Makikihi. All but the latter closed within the first few years of the 21st century. However, a newly developed large scale sawmill and the development of a large milk powder factory, coupled with the wealth of dairy farms and a residential building boom, have seen a renewed confidence in Waimate. For other uses, see Potato (disambiguation). ...


The Waimate Winter Show is held annually at the Waimate Stadium on the corner of Paul and Wilkin Streets in the first week of July.

Photo of a sunset over the hills to the south of Waimate, taken from near the town centre.
Photo of a sunset over the hills to the south of Waimate, taken from near the town centre.

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Education

  • Pre-schools
    • Waimate Free Kindergarten
    • Waimate Childcare Centre
    • Waimate Playcentre
  • Primary Schools
    • Waimate Main School
    • Glenavy School
    • Morven School
    • Makikihi School
    • St Patrick's School
    • Waihaorunga School
    • Waihao Downs School
    • Waimate Centennial School
    • Waituna Creek School
    • St Andrews School

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Day care. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... Secondary education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Notable People From Waimate

Norman Eric Kirk served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 until his sudden death in 1974 and led the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1972. ... 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. ... Archibald Milne Hamilton (? - 1972) was a New Zealand-born engineer, notable for building the Hamilton Road through Kurdistan and designing the Hamilton-Callender bridge system. ... For other uses, see Kurdistan (disambiguation). ...

Sport

// The South Canterbury Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) was formed in 1888 when it broke away from the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. ...

Events

  • South Canterbury Busking Festival, Seddon Square, Waimate
  • Waimate 50 Street Race
  • Waimate Strawberry Fare
  • Waimate Woodcraft Expo
  • Waimate Shears
  • Waimate Rodeo, held on 27th December

Movies & Film

  • The Waimate Conspiracy [1](2006) was filmed in Waimate.

Trivia

Norman Eric Kirk served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 until his sudden death in 1974 and led the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1972. ... 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. ... Year 1872 (MDCCCLXXII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Architect (disambiguation). ... Benjamin Mountfort around 1875. ...

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