The Waikato Region is the fourth largest region in New Zealand. The district’s 418,000 hectares is predominantly made up of productive agricultural countryside linked by 26 towns, villages and settlements.
A brief history of the Waikato
Waikato is the ancestral region of Māori tribes descended from people who came to New Zealand on the Tainui waka (canoe) in the 13th century. They include Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Toarangatira (Ngāti Toa), Ngāti Raukawa, tribes of the Marutūahu confederation, Ngāti Mahuta and Ngāti Hauā.
Māori settled throughout the Waikato region, usually on hilltops, or beside lakes or harbours. From the late 1700s there were struggles between tribes for land.
“Named after the mighty Waikato River, which winds through the region, Waikato is known for its lush, tranquil pastures but has a turbulent history. Now it is New Zealand’s foremost dairy farming region with other major industries including coal mining, hydro-electricity generation, timber milling and pulp and paper manufacturing. Hamilton, New Zealand’s fourth-largest city, contains more than half of the region’s population….”
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