Maketu is a small coastal town located on Okurei Point, also known as Town Point. The population is predominantly Maori from the Whakaue Hapu of Te Arawa Iwi.
Maketu is the traditional landing site of Te Arawa canoe more than 800 years ago, when several migrations came from Polynesia. Maketu is named after an ancient kumara pit in Hawaiki – the place from which Maori originally sailed their waka to New Zealand.
The town is also the home of the iconic Maketu Pies.
Population: 1047. View your latest Census 2013 here
Location: About 39km south-east of Tauranga off State Highway 2
Kaituna River Re-diversion and Wetland Creation Project
Maketu Community Hub project
Maketu Environmental Care Groups
Maketu Housing project