Horowhenua District

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Horowhenua District
Horowhenua Territorial Authority.png
Population: 31,400
(June 2015 estimate)[1]
Main town: Levin
Other towns: Foxton, Foxton Beach, Shannon, Tokomaru
Territorial Authority
Name: Horowhenua District Council
Mayor: Brendan Duffy
Land area: 1,063.60 km² (410.66 sq mi)
Extent: NW to Foxton,
N to Tokomaru and Shannon; W
to Tasman Sea; S to Kapiti Coast District & SE to Tararua Ranges
Website: http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/
See also: Manawatu District, Palmerston North
Regional Council
Name: Manawatu-Wanganui (Horizons Regional Council)
Website: http://www.horizons.govt.nz/

Horowhenua is a district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It forms part of the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Its name roughly means shaking or rippling earth.

Located north of Wellington and Kapiti, the district stretches from slightly north of the town of Otaki in the south to just south of Himatangi in the north, and from the coast to the summit of the Tararua Ranges.

The main town and seat of the district council is Levin, and other towns in the district include Foxton, Shannon, and Tokomaru. The population of the district is 31,400 (June 2015 estimate).[1]

Wards of Horowhenua District

  • Levin Ward
  • Waiopehu Ward
  • Miranui Ward
  • Kere Kere Ward

Towns of Horowhenua

Much of the area was once an extensive wetland and the centre of a substantial flax industry. It has been progressively drained and converted to productive but flood-prone farmland, with a mixture of loam and peat based soils. Some parts of the wetland, particularly those around Lake Horowhenua are being returned to their former state as a conservation area, with the help of local Māori. One of the local tribal authorities is the Muaūpoko Tribal Authority.

Schools in Horowhenua District



  • Foxton Beach School, Foxton Beach
  • Coley Street School, Foxton
  • Foxton Primary, Foxton
  • St. Marys, Foxton
  • Levin East School, Levin
  • Fairfield School, Levin
  • Ohau School, Ohau (Levin Rural)
  • Koputuroa School, Levin Rural
  • St. Josephs, Levin
  • Levin School, Levin
  • Levin North School, Levin
  • Taitoko School, Levin
  • Poroutawhao School, Levin Rural
  • Shannon School, Shannon
  • Manakau School, Manakau
  • Opiki School, Opiki
  • Tokomaru School, Tokomaru


  • Levin Intermediate, Levin (Year 7&8's only)


In rugby, a combined Horowhenua-Kapiti team represents the area in the amateur Heartland Championship.

In cricket, a Horowhenua-Kapiti team has competed in the Hawke Cup since 2002.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2015 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> For urban areas, "Infoshare; Group: Population Estimates - DPE; Table: Estimated Resident Population for Urban Areas, at 30 June (1996+) (Annual-Jun)". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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