Maketu is a small town on the Bay of Plenty Coast in New Zealand.[2]

St Peters Catholic Church, Maketu
St Peters Catholic Church, Maketu
Coordinates: 37°45′34″S 176°27′6″E / 37.75944°S 176.45167°E / -37.75944; 176.45167
Country New Zealand
RegionBay of Plenty
Territorial authorityWestern Bay of Plenty
WardTe Puke
 • Total1,197

Maketu is located in the Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Maketu has an estuary from which the Kaituna River used to flow. It is also adjacent to Newdicks Beach located on the south eastern side of Okurei Point.

The bay of Maketu

Maketu is rich in ancestral Maori culture, specifically the Te Arawa tribe. Maketu was the landing site of the Te Arawa canoe. The Chief who led the voyage of the Te Arawa waka from Hawaiki to New Zealand/Aotearoa was known as Tametekapua. Many Maori settled in Maketu, but some continued their journey inland, using the Kaituna River as far as Rotorua. Maketu is named after an ancient kumara (sweet potato) pit in Hawaiki, the Maori ancestral homeland.[2]

Maketu has a predominantly Māori population, although in recent years there has been an influx of many cultures to Maketu.

In 2011, Maketu was one of many areas along the Bay of Plenty Coast affected by the grounding of the MV Rena and the subsequent oil spill.[3]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]

Maketu had a population of 1,197 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 150 people (14.3%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 21 people (1.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 408 households. There were 594 males and 606 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.98 males per female. The median age was 41.1 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 231 people (19.3%) aged under 15 years, 228 (19.0%) aged 15 to 29, 522 (43.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 219 (18.3%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 47.6% European/Pākehā, 66.9% Māori, 7.8% Pacific peoples, 1.0% Asian, and 0.8% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 9.8%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 48.4% had no religion, 35.3% were Christian, 0.3% were Hindu and 8.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 114 (11.8%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 255 (26.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $26,100, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 477 (49.4%) people were employed full-time, 129 (13.4%) were part-time, and 66 (6.8%) were unemployed.[4]


Kindergarten beach picnic in Maketu

Maketu has two marae.

Whakaue or Tapiti Marae and its Whakaue Kaipapa meeting house are affiliated with the Ngāti Whakaue hapū of Ngāti Whakaue ki Maketū.[5][6] In October 2020, the Government committed $4,525,104 from the Provincial Growth Fund to upgrade the marae and nine others, creating an estimated 34 jobs.[7]

Te Awhe o te Rangi Marae and meeting house are a meeting place for the Ngāti Mākino hapū of Ngāti Mākino and Ngāti Te Awhe, and the Ngāti Pikiao hapū of Ngāti Pikiao.[5][6] In October 2020, the Government committed $2,984,246 to upgrade the marae and 5 others, creating 20 jobs.[7]


Maketu School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students,[8] with a roll of 33 as of March 2021.[9]


  1. ^ "worldpostalcodes". Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b New Zealand Tourism GUide: Bay of Plenty - Maketu
  3. ^ "Public notice – beach access restricted". Maritime New Zealand. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Maketu (192300). 2018 Census place summary: Maketu
  5. ^ a b "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  6. ^ a b "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.
  7. ^ a b "Marae Announcements" (Excel). Provincial Growth Fund. 9 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Maketu School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  9. ^ "Maketu School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.

Coordinates: 37°46′S 176°27′E / 37.767°S 176.450°E / -37.767; 176.450