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Horowhenua District
—  Territorial authority  —
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatu-Wanganui
District Horowhenua District
Wards Levin, Waiopehu, Miranui, Kere Kere
Seat Levin
 • Mayor Michael Feyen
 • Deputy Mayor Wayne Bishop
 • Total 1,063.60 km2 (410.66 sq mi)
Population (June 2012 estimate)[1]
 • Total 30,700
 • Density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode(s) Map of postcodes
Website Horowhenua District Council

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 30,700 (June 2012 estimate).[1]

Wards of Horowhenua District[]

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

Land use in 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.


External links[]

Coordinates: 40°35′20″S 175°20′35″E / -40.589, 175.343

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