​​​​​About Maketu

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 ​

Community Board

​​​​​​​​The Maketu Community Board works to represent and advocate for the interests of the community.​​ Find out more about the Maketu Community Board here​​, plus read Agendas and Minutes from meetings.​

Key Projects

Kaituna River Re-diversion and Wetland Creation Project

There have been calls from the community to re-divert the Kaituna River into the Maketu Estuary for decades. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has spent nearly 15 years considering 18 options for a full re-diversion or partial re-diversion of the Kaituna River. Council decided that the preferred option project best met the objectives of the Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary Strategy in respect of costs and scale of benefits derived, taking into account feedback from landowners, tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the community.

The preferred option is to re-divert 20% of the Kaituna River's freshwater flows back into the Maketu estuary. 

Maketu Community Hub project 

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has purchased a vacant 1690sqm section of land on Little Waihi Road, earmarked for a future community hub. A community hub was one of the main requests from the community when the Maketu Community Plan was reviewed in 2014. 

Maketu Environmental Care Groups

Maketu Taiapure, whitebait and fisheries. Restoration of the Kaituna floodplain for the revival of habitats for inanga. Contact: Elaine Tapsell. Email:

Maketu Housing project

The Maketu Healthy Whare Project,​ initiated by Western Bay of Plenty District Council in 2014 is helping houses to become healthier places to live. The project is a collaborative effort with Council, Te Runanga o Ngati Whakaue ki Maketu, and various community groups – arising from the installation of a wastewater system in Maketu. 

Kotukutuku Gully

Opened in 2010, the Kotukutuku Gully restoration is a product of countless hours of community volunteer effort. Through the vision and leadership of Maketu resident, Trevor Hughes and the Maketu Community Board, this historic spot has been returned to its natural beauty for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

This project was supported by Council and is one of the actions identified in the Maketu Community Development Plan.

Page reviewed: 24 May 2018 4:11pm