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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Latest news

Warning alarm installed
A NEW warning alarm was installed in Kawerau’s Ron Hardie Recreation Centre last month to tell users when geothermal gas reaches unacceptable... Read More
Tarawera pair prepare for Hawaii
HAWAII FUNDRASING: Mickey Savage and Levi Whata are busy fundraising for a class trip to Hawaii in September. Photo Megan Hunt D1899-06 TWO... Read More
New solid fuel business. Initial results show success
COMPANY CHAIRMAN: Peter Hutchison, pictured at the Barkette pilot plant’s furnace dryer, is one of five investors in Sustainable Solid Fuels... Read More
Goal fest kicks off football season
CLOSE BATTLE: Kawerau’s Michael Sims and Whakatane’s Connor Davies compete for possession in the opening round of the Waikato Bay of... Read More
Final summer night market
AFTERNOON rain cleared just in time for the start of Kawerau’s final summer night market on Thursday, which concluded with a song and... Read More
Memorial mural switched for alternative
KAWERAU District Council is developing a memorial to honour one of the town’s young residents after he lost his battle with cancer last... Read More
Kawerau Youth Council sworn in
YOUTH COUNCIL: (Back) Warwick Godfery, Chris Marjoribanks, Bless Maxwell, Levi Whata, Malcolm Campbell, Iraia Nuku, Carolyn Ion, Faylene Tunui, JJ... Read More
Motorhome owners spend money
By Letter to the Editor & filed under Letters, News - HAVE YOUR SAY! RECENTLY I read an article that told me Tourism Holdings’ profits... Read More
Ron Hardie centre floor cracks
CRACKS have opened between the wooden floor boards of Kawerau’s Ron Hardie Recreation Centre after extraction fans dried the floor. Kawerau... Read More
Painters on road to success
Jordan Mason, 22, and Te Peeti Te Pou, 21, hail from Taneatua and Kawerau respectivelyare rapt with their new life in Christchurch. PHOTO... Read More
Kawerau seeking Christmas director
KAWERAU District Council is on the hunt for a show director to manage the town’s annual evening show as part of the Christmas in the Park... Read More
Kawerau hall sound systems
A NEW sound system for Kawerau’s Concert Chamber was installed last month and another for the town hall is close behind. Kawerau District... Read More
Ready for kick-off
FOOTBALL season begins for two Eastern Bay teams on Saturday. Kawerau and Whakatane will compete in the Waikato-Bay of Plenty championship... Read More
Top School title shared
TEAMWORK: Putauaki School students Nayton Matenga, Mataatua Fox-Kaipara, Danesha Elliott, Te Akau Bennett, Te Riina Peita, Turanga Tuhoro, Gabriel... Read More
Fulton Hogan win road reseal contract
FULTON Hogan has won a tender to reseal a number of roads and parking areas around Kawerau. On March 17, Kawerau District Council was presented... Read More
Kawerau garden update
KAWERAU’S flowerbeds are being prepared for new winter planting along with a continued focus on lifting branches around the town’s... Read More
Onslow to Fitzgerald alleyway closure
ANOTHER Kawerau alleyway has moved a step closer to closure after residents living either side of the passage between Onslow and Fitzgerald streets... Read More
Dog booklets dished out in Kawerau
ALL preschools and primary schools in the Kawerau district received copies of the booklet Keeping our Children Safe around Dogs last month. Kawerau... Read More
Egg farm switches to free range
FREE RANGE: Sunny Bay Eggs, formerly Van den Broek Poultry, is ending caged hen egg production in favour of free range. General manager Azzan... Read More
103, still in good spirit
SPECIAL DAY: Brian and John Tulloch sit either side of their mother, May Tulloch, during a birthday celebration. Photo supplied A POSITIVE... Read More
CReW picks up construction pieces
DEMOLITION: Kawerau District Council maintenance supervisor Peter Robertson sorts material from the Firmin Field changing rooms for re-use via... Read More
Blast day to collect youth voice
BUBBLE SUITS: Bubble soccer combines traditional football with big bubble suits. Photo supplied A REVIEW of Kawerau’s youth policy will... Read More
Day 44: The assault on Mount Putauaki
TRAINING RUN: Whakatane runners Dianne Bulled, Glynn Hay, Sean Martin and Pete Marshall at the summit of Mount Putauaki after a training run. Photo... Read More
Kawerau museum renovations prepared
REPORTS on the new workshop and archive area planned for Kawerau’s museum are expected to be released this month, before renovations to the... Read More
Kawerau Youth Council sworn in today
THE 12 members of Kawerau’s youth council will be sworn in at a ceremony in the town’s Concert Chambers at 4.30pm today. Kawerau... Read More
Coast to college fundraiser
EDGECUMBE College hosts its annual fundraising race from Thornton to Edgecumbe on March 21. The event, previously known as Town to Sea or Sea to... Read More
New airline takes first bookings
BROCHURES: Air Chathams commercial manager Noel Gillespie with the new Whakatane Air Services brochures, detailing flight times and fares. Photo... Read More
Delay for damaged Stoneham bridge
Tom McDowall, Kawerau council operations and services manager A DECISION to repair or remove a damaged bridge along... Read More
Report highlights tourism value
John Galbraith, Toi-EDA general manager IF recent Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) figures are anything to go by, the total number of visitors... Read More
Kawerau alumni sworn in as High Court judge
SWORN IN: High Court judge Anne Hinton during her swearing in ceremony in January. Photo supplied ANNE Hinton, who credits her Kawerau upbringing... Read More
Cemetery extension brought forward
THE rapid sale of burial plots in Kawerau has prompted the district council to prepare new plots at the town’s cemetery ahead of... Read More
Obedient dogs on show
GOLDEN TRIO: Three generation of dogs – Holly, Tara and Lexi – wait patiently for their owner after the dog obedience competition... Read More
Do not bad-mouth Kawerau
I CAME across one of my mentors, Ken McGregor, of Kawerau, whom I had not seen for a while at, of all places, the Polynesian Pools in... Read More
Healthy Homes checks continue
ENERGY and maintenance checks on properties included in Kawerau’s Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes project restarted in January after a... Read More
Person of the Month: Paul Charteris
Paul Charteris has helped cultivate a running culture in the region. Photo / Graeme Murray As founder of the world-renowned Tarawera Ultra... Read More
Incubate grows silviculture success story
A KAWERAU silviculture company, launched to create employment opportunities, is preparing to nurture new growth of a business variety this... Read More
Kawerau in good pre-season form
KAWERAU made a bright start to the football season by winning the Cambridge Sevens tournament on Sunday. Kawerau, pictured, won the Bay of Plenty... Read More
Kawerau Night market treats hundreds
SHARYN Hei Hei tends her stall at the Kawerau Night Market on Thursday evening last week – the second-to-last market before daylight savings... Read More
Retain housing for baby boomers
LABOUR’S housing spokesman added his voice to the conversation about council-owned pensioner housing in Whakatane during a visit to the Eastern... Read More
Walker sets sights on Rio
FOCUSED: Sarah Walker is aiming at competing at next year’s Olympic Games as she continues her recovery from a major crash last year. Photo... Read More
Car boot success in Kawerau
FIRST SALE: Between 100 and 200 people visited the car boot sale at the Bowen Street Park on Saturday, February 21. Photo Louis Klaassen... Read More
Busy year ahead for Bluelight
SPORTING STAR: Warriors player Shaun Johnson with Matata Blue Light participants Matiaha Raynes-Turnbull, Rewiata Semmens and Mason Raynes. Photo... Read More
New leader for Kawerau sport
TAKING THE LEAD: Tarawera High School sport and Take the Lead coordinator Amy Hayes is looking forward to nurturing Kawerau’s young female... Read More
Beer Review: Blondie Belgian Wit
My first experience with a Belgian witbier was the classic and most well known of them all - Hoegaarden - and it happened to be in the land of its... Read More
Geothermal steam heats export growth
TWO timber drying kilns heated by geothermal steam are now operating at the Sequal Lumber sawmill in Kawerau, boosting value and demand for the... Read More
New Allied boss makes changes
LEADERS: Allied Industrial Engineering new chief executive Kelvin Wright and business owner Paul Raethel. Photo suppliedKAWERAU company Allied... Read More
Kawerau Security camera upgrade awaits funding approval
UPGRADES to Kawerau’s security camera network are on hold while the Kawerau District Council awaits the result of two funding... Read More
Praise for Kawerau gardens
SUMMER flower beds around Kawerau have received positive comments from bother visitors and residents. Kawerau District Council heard about progress... Read More
Busy season approaches for the Tarawera
ALMOST every weekend over March Kawerau’s white water facility on the Tarawera River will host rafting and canoe events. Regulatory and... Read More
New Chief Executive for Allied Industrial Engineering
Kelvin Wright took over as chief executive of Allied Industrial Engineering in August 2014 and the first thing he did was start calling and visiting... Read More
Woodfest date change
THE date for Kawerau’s 2015 Woodfest has shifted this year to entice school holiday visitors to the region and take advantage of improved... Read More
Kawerau Youth Council applications open
APPLICATIONS for members of Kawerau’s 2015 youth Council are open in preparation for a busy year. Kawerau District Council events and... Read More
High nutrition crop harvested
THIS crop, being cut near Te Teko, is lucerne. The crop is estimated to produce about 600 large bales for Kawerau’s Tui Glen Station. Tui... Read More
Kawerau boot sale
KAWERAU’S Bowen Street Reserve will be filled with open boots this weekend to fundraise for the Neighbourhoods Healthy Homes project. The... Read More
Kawerau hosts its own storage war
KAWERAU is hosting its own “Storage Wars” tomorrow. Kawerau Secure Storage is auctioning off the contents of five sheds at its complex... Read More
Ultra fast runners smash records
THE seventh Tarawera Ultramarathon ended with smashed records on Saturday. Men’s 100-kilometre winner, American Dylan Bowman, finished the... Read More
Kawerau celebrates Waitangi Day
KAWERAU celebrated Waitangi Day with a community event on Friday afternoon that included information about Waitangi Day’s history... Read More
Heroic efforts inspire
For true inspiration, you didn't have to go much further than the finish line at this year's Tarawera Ultramarathon on Saturday. Sure, there were... Read More
Da Silva lands biggest shot yet
KATE Da Silva has cracked it. This week the 32-year-old Kawerau mixed martial arts fighter made her first signing with a major international... Read More
Walls up at new Tarawera school site
TARAWERA High School’s new the administration block is rapidly taking shape as staff and students prepare to move in at the end of term... Read More
Kia ora: Kawerau
This geothermal beauty basks in the glory of its famous maunga, says Elisabeth Easther. Where is it? At the base of Mt Putauaki (Edgecumbe), in... Read More
Kawerau dementia wing under construction
A NEW purpose-built dementia wing at Kawerau’s Mountain View Rest Home is under construction and should be completed by June. Kawerau Social... Read More
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
OJI Oceania, the Japanese company that has bought Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper, including the Tasman pulp mill at Kawerau, wants to expand its... Read More
Kawerau Incubate programme to run again in 2015
A programme to help new business and social enterprise succeed and grow in Kawerau has been so well received by participants that the programme will... 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
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
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
Kawerau opts for new shade sails KAWERAU District Council is taking legal action against the company that provided poor-performing shade... Read More
Kawerau CCTV upgrade
Kawerau CCTV upgrade A TENDER to upgrade the size and quality of Kawerau... Read More
Hillside hive location approved for Kawerau
Hillside hive location approved for Kawerau THE hill beside Kawerau’s transfer station is about to become a hive of insect activity now... Read More
Station wants to broadcast to Kawerau shoppers
KAWERAU’S Galaxy Radio station has appealed to Kawerau District Council for an opportunity to broadcast around Jellicoe Court. Galaxy... Read More
Symbiosis Grant
CROWN research institute Scion has won a four-year grant to investigate the benefits of industrial symbiosis related to wood processing and the... Read More
Storyteller home with new book
Storyteller home with new book PUBLISHED: New author Sacha Cotter will be back in her home town of Kawerau this Christmas and will... Read More
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
New Corrections centre for Kawerau
A NEW Department of Corrections centre in Kawerau will offer offenders an opportunity to complete programmes without having to travel to... Read More
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
Keys - a childhood dream realised
New author Sacha Cotter has had a dream come true. Her first book Keys, along with the te reo Māori version Ngā Kī, was launched at the... 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
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
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 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
Kawerau business mentoring
KAWERAU Enterprise Agency’s Incubate programme, designed to support new businesses, will be back next year after a successful 2014. Kawerau X... 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
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
THE offices of Kawerau’s new radio station Galaxy FM were filled with visitors for the official opening of the town’s new broadcaster... Read More
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
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
Kicking the habit in Kawerau
Campbell Live congratulates the forestry town of Kawerau, in the Bay of Plenty - a community with one of the highest rates in the country for Maori... 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 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
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


Kawerau continue on their merry way at Arikikapakapa
Kawerau defeated Te Puke 6-3 to retain a lofty position in the...

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