Whakatāne

Whakatāne (/fɑːkɑːˈtɑːnə/ fah-kah-TAH-ne, Māori pronunciation: [fakaˈtaːnɛ]) is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 kilometres (56 mi) east of Tauranga and 89 kilometres (55 mi) north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatāne River. Whakatāne District is the encompassing territorial authority, which covers an area to the south and west of the town, excluding the enclave of Kawerau District.

Whakatāne
Town
Motto: 
Everything under the sun
Location of Whakatāne
Coordinates: 37°59′S 177°00′E
CountryNew Zealand
RegionBay of Plenty
Territorial authorityWhakatāne District
Settled by Māoric.1200
Government
  MayorJudy Turner
  Deputy MayorAndrew Iles
Population
 (June 2021)[1]
  Urban
16,700
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode(s)
3120
Area code07
Websitehttps://www.whakatane.govt.nz/

Whakatāne has an urban population of 16,700, making it New Zealand's 33rd-largest urban area, and the Bay of Plenty's third-largest urban area (behind Tauranga and Rotorua). Another 21,700 people live in the rest of the Whakatāne District. Around 42% of the population identify as having Māori ancestry and 66% as having European/Pākehā ancestry, compared with 17% and 72% nationally (some people identify with multiple ethnicities).

Whakatāne forms part of the parliamentary electorate of East Coast, currently represented by Kiri Allan of the New Zealand Labour Party. The town is the main urban centre of the eastern Bay of Plenty sub-region, which incorporates Whakatāne, Kawerau, and Ōpōtiki, and stretches from Otamarakau in the west, to Cape Runaway in the north-east and Whirinaki in the south. Whakatāne is the seat of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, chosen as a compromise between the region's two larger cities, Tauranga and Rotorua.


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