Hawera is the second-largest town in Taranaki and is near the coast on the South Taranaki Bight. The town has some of the best villa style homes to be found anywhere, and being the main town in the south Taranaki district it has every amenity including two golf courses and its own race course and horse training facilities.
Hawera is the site of the largest dairy factory complex in the world, "Whareroa", which has its own gas-fired power plant. The complex is owned by Fonterra, having been built by the former Kiwi Co-operative Dairies Limited (whose original plant opened on that site in 1975).
Hawera is also home to Tawhiti Museum, well known for its hand-crafted life-sized wax sculptures depicting scenes of local heritage and history, and its scale models of local Maori pa.
Hawera is Māori for burnt place, from fighting between two local sub-tribes, which culminated in the setting ablaze of the sleeping whare (house) of the tribe under attack. The name became apt when the town suffered extensive blazes in 1884, 1888, and 1912. For this reason a large water tower was built in the center of town to increase water pressure; and this became one of Taranaki's best-known landmarks (appearing, for example, on the cover of the 1974 telephone directory). After falling into disrepair the tower was closed to the public in 2001, but after an extensive restoration program it opened again in 2004.
Hawera is 75 kilometres south of New Plymouth on State Highway 3 and 20 minutes' drive from Mount Taranaki. It is located on State Highway 45, known as Surf Highway 45 for its numerous surf beaches. State Highway 45 passes through Manaia, Opunake and Oakura on route to New Plymouth. Kaponga is a 20-minute drive to the north-west. The Marton–New Plymouth Line railway passes through Hawera and has served the town since 1 August 1881, though it has been freight-only since the cancellation of the last railcar passenger service between Wellington and New Plymouth on 30 July 1977.
Average temperature 13.10°C
Average rainfall 1201mm
Western Institute of Technology
Tertiary Edcuation Institutionhttp://www.witt.ac.nz/
The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki has a campus in Hawera, established in 1990.
Hawera High School
Hawera High School is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a roll of 782.
Decile rating of 5.
Hawera Intermediate is an intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 352. with a decile rating of 5.
Hawera Primary School
Hawera Primary School was established in 1875.
Hawera Primary School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) schools with rolls of 202
Has a decile ratings of 4.
Hawera Primary celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2000.
Ramanui School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 80.
Ramanui has a decile rating of 2
Ramanui school celebrated its 50th jubilee in 2003.
Tawhiti School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 194.
With a decile ratings of 4.
Turuturu School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 281.
Turuturu School has a decile of 6
St Joseph's School
St Joseph's School is a state integrated full primary (years 1-8) school with decile rating of 6 and roll of 250.
Belmont Christian Academy
Belmont Christian Academy is a state integrated full primary (years 1-8) school with decile rating of 6 and a roll of 35.
TSB Sports Hub
Completed in March 2010, TSB Hub is Taranaki’s premier sports, recreation, events and function centre.
Built at a cost of just over $20.7 million, the multi-focused complex brings modern indoor and outdoor facilities together on one site -located on Hicks Park between Waihi Rd and Camberwell Rd in Hawera.
There is plenty of parking and provision for field sports, hard court sports, indoor stadium sports, small bore rifle shooting, a modern health and fitness centre. Next door is Hawera High School, King Edward Park and PowerCo Aquatic Centre, giving this location an intensive sport, recreation, leisure and events focus. The venue is ideal for tournaments and caters everyday to multiple sports codes, training, and education, social and family events. TSB Hub also has modern state of the art conference facilities to cater for events of all sizes from small training events for 10 people to large exhibitions and concerts
Elvis Presley Museumhttp://elvismuseum.co.nz/
The Memorial Room is jam packed with memorabilia, rare recordings, interviews and souvenirs. If you are a fan of the 'King', the Memorial Room has all your favourites and more. Located at 51 Argyle Street, Hawera. Open by appointment and admission is by donation.
Hawera Water Tower
Hawera has always seemed to have had some association with fire. The name, ‘Te Hawera’ which means ‘the burnt place’, came about many years ago after an incident between two feuding Maori tribes in the area. One tribe surprised the other in the dead of night and burned the village to the ground ensuring there were no survivors – so the area became known as ‘the burnt place’.
With the arrival of European settlers, Te Hawera became shortened to Hawera and the district continued to live up to its name. In 1884 a hotel was razed, in 1888 a large fire destroyed five businesses and in 1912 a particularly disastrous fire destroyed a large proportion of the main street area. This last event resulted in insurance companies demanding better fire fighting capacity for the town. The decision was made to build a water tower and construction began in 1912 and was completed in 1914. In 1932 following Hawera’s 50th Jubilee red neon lights were erected around the top of the tower as a memorial to the pioneers of the district. These neon lights remain today. More recently (2002 – 2004) the water tower underwent a $1.1 million restoration project to restore the historic landmark.