Numerous events are held in Kawerau, including the Kawerau Woodfest, World Rafting Champs, bird shows, equestrian events, golf, weaving and the Antiques Roadshow.

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Community and living

If you’re looking for a great place to visit, live or retire to, where neighbours care for each other’s well-being, then Kawerau is well worth the consideration.

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Place and Sights

If you appreciate rivers, forests, pristine lakes and beaches  - Kawerau is your paradise.

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Visitors and Commuters

A motorhome friendly town in the heart of the Bay of Plenty, Kawerau’s small town lifestyle offers facilities such as a laundromat, supermarket, chemist, dump station, free camping, free hot pools and free spring water for drinking.

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Kawerau is situated in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand.

Kawerau is at the centre of a district rich in fresh air, great bush walks and unspoilt New Zealand landscape.

It is close to beaches, lakes and forestry and offers a unique place to rest and relax.

Find out more about Kawerau in New Zealand's Eastern Bay of Plenty - a great place to live, work and play...

Calendar of Events

03.10 Kawerau Craft Market
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29.09 Friends and Heroes
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29.09 Music for Mothers with ba
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03.10 Drop in coffee
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Latest news

Photo competition closing soon
WANTED … photographic images depicting some of the Eastern Bay’s most iconic rural spots. The photo competition for an upcoming book... Read More
Precious metal quest to start
An Australian-owned company will continue its search for gold south of Kawerau in the next few months. Silver City NZ was awarded an exploration... Read More
Oji plans Kawerau mill initiatives
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Kawerau Incubate programme to run again in 2015
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Chipper to cope with felling
Chipper to cope with felling INCREASED tree felling and thinning around Kawerau will be supported by a new chipping machine next... Read More
Kawerau clubrooms on the move
AFTER 30 years of housing Kawerau’s swimming club the two-storey clubrooms are leaving the pool complex to make way for a $700,000... Read More
Kawerau clubrooms on the move
AFTER 30 years of housing Kawerau’s swimming club the two-storey clubrooms are leaving the pool complex to make way for a $700,000... Read More
Summer fun in Kawerau
PLENTY of activities are on offer around Kawerau to fill in the last weeks of the summer holidays. Manna Support Services community... Read More
Kawerau opts for new shade sails
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Hillside hive location approved for Kawerau
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Storyteller home with new book
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Symbiosis Grant
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Station wants to broadcast to Kawerau shoppers
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Mayors lobby prime minister to attain flight
THE Eastern Bay’s three mayors were in Wellington yesterday to discuss Air New Zealand’s withdrawal from Whakatane with prime minister... Read More
New Corrections centre for Kawerau
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Kawerau Christmas in the Park
KAWERAU’S Prideaux Park hosted the town’s annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Events and community activities team leader Lee... Read More
Keys - a childhood dream realised
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Tui Glen trek era ends after 29 years
TUI Glen will close its gates on 29 years of horse trekking this month, but members of the public have the opportunity to relive their riding... Read More
Kabaddi trophy up for grabs
KAWERAU’S Davina Thompson is in India competing in the Kabaddi World Cup. The tournament runs until December 20 and Thompson will be part of... Read More
New head office for MEL
AFTER months of renovations two buildings shifted to the corner of Kawerau’s Manukorihi Drive are renovated and ready to become the new head... Read More
Kawerau's crossfit day out
FIRMIN field hosted Kawerau’s Rangatahi tu Rangatira Crossfit event on Saturday, which offered an opportunity for all ages and abilities. Te... Read More
Kawerau business mentoring
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Kawerau work experience programme celebrated
STUDENTS involved in a Kawerau work experience programme were celebrated on Thursday and presented with an opportunity to spend three weeks on an... Read More
Forget Auckland - it's Pokeno for a family and Kawerau to retire
New Zealand's roaring property market is a tale of two cities - Auckland and Christchurch - while the rest of the country mostly lags well... Read More
Worms turn waste to want
It's the fatal flaw of our so called "rock star" economy; we still don't add enough value to what we export. The recent slump in dairy prices has... Read More
Kawerau Success story!!
Kawerau’s Reegan Reid and Jonathan Smith officially have the potential to be future leaders to look out for. These Tarawera High School senior... Read More
Programme to help Kawerau businesses succeed
Kawerau Enterprise Agency has launched a new business initiative designed to help businesses and social enterprises succeed and grow. Kawerau X... Read More
Kawerau Adopt a Nation rafting campaign wins at LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards
Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is pleased to announce that Kawerau District Council’s Kawerau Adopt a Nation – 2013 World Rafting... Read More
Galaxy over Kawerau
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Te Kaea Interview - Kawerau Medical Centre
The new Kawerau Medical Centre opens its doors on Friday 30th May, with a new approach for healthcare in Kawerau by aiming to replicate what Dr Lance... Read More
Kicking the habit in Kawerau
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Norske goes cloud for ERP
Giant newsprint producer Norske Skog Australasia will shell out millions of dollars over five years to transition from a legacy enterprise resource... Read More
Geothermal firm seeks Dutch help
A Maori-owned geothermal business in Bay of Plenty is contracting one of the world's top universities in the Netherlands to help it expand. Ngati... Read More
Seniors well represented in Kawerau submissions
AN outdoor gym to help elderly residents exercise was one submission considered by Kawerau District Council recently. Measures to accommodate... Read More
Aussie company to dig for gold south of Kawerau
A new gold explorer has been welcomed into New Zealand, with Epithermal Gold being granted a five year permit. The exploration permit covers 33... Read More
Real estate market 'on the upturn' in the Eastern Bay
The provincial real estate market is on the upturn after experiencing a sluggish few years, says the new owner of Harcourts Whakatane Glenn... Read More
Kawerau resident satisfaction higher than national average
Results from the 2014 community satisfaction survey show Kawerau residents’ satisfaction with Council’s services and facilities is above... Read More
Birthday bash for Kawerau's 60th
One of New Zealand's youngest towns celebrates 60 years of existence this weekend. In April, 1954, the Kawerau Borough was created although the... Read More
Tarawera High School students visit SCION
The Biology Research and Technology course from Tarawera High School visited SCION in Rotorua in March 2014, funded by KEA, Kawerau Rotary and... Read More
Kawerau celebrates 60th birthday this weekend
Kawerau is one of New Zealand’s youngest towns and on the weekend of 29 and 30 March, it is holding its 60th birthday celebrations. You are... Read More
Bay tops guest visits
The Bay of Plenty continues to offer ‘plenty for everyone' recording a 19 per rise in the total guest nights for January 2014 – injecting... Read More
Bringing colour to the streets
On your way to work or strolling around the city, chances are you’ve walked past paintings and murals by some of New Zealand’s most... Read More
Govt invests in Vibram Ultramarathon
A $300,000 Government investment will help build the international profile of the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon, Associate Tourism Minister Todd... Read More
Kawerau 60th birthday plans build
Excitement is building and planning is well underway for celebrations to mark Kawerau’s 60th birthday at the end of this month. Birthday... Read More
From Next Top Model to the Paris catwalk
Remember that freckly, outspoken girl who won the title of New Zealand's Next Top Model back in 2010? Well even if not, it's time to sit up and... Read More
Giving back
Three young men who are Kawerau born and bred are giving back to a town they say they have always loved. Brothers Richard and Raymond Moon and... Read More
NZ Street Art Festival - the countdown is on...
The countdown is on for the first NZ Street Art Festival in Kawerau this Waitangi weekend. The festival brings together NZ street artists from all... Read More
SCA Kawerau expansion
The owners of a Bay of Plenty tissue paper factory are unveiling a $60 million expansion at the site today, securing more than 200 jobs. The... Read More
Successful Completion of CHHPP Sale to Oji Holdings Corporation & Innovation Network Corporation of Japan
Management, Oji Holdings Corporation (Oji) and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), are pleased to announce that the transaction to... Read More
Kawerau CCTV upgrade
Kawerau CCTV upgrade A TENDER to upgrade the size and quality of Kawerau... Read More


Billion dollar mill deal sealed
Graeme Hart's pulp and paper mill in the Eastern Bay of Plenty...

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