The largest town and administrative centre of South Taranaki, Hawera developed to support the surrounding farming blocks. Hawera means “the burnt place” or “breath of fire” and takes its name from the old Maori village of Te Hawera, which was located approximately 3 km south east of the present town.
Approximately 9000 people enjoy the excellent residential and lifestyle options in Hawera. Its inviting town centre is modern and convenient providing everything from sporting goods, banks, bookstores, home wares, cafes and restaurants to fashion and furniture. Hawera’s art gallery, parks, movie and performance theatres are all within easy walking distance and its sporting/events and function centre, The TSB Hub, is only 1 kilometre from the town centre.
The region in general relies on its natural and physical resources for its social and economic wellbeing. Oil and gas reserves and sheep, beef and dairy farming all contribute to the local economy with the southern hemisphere’s largest single-site dairy factory Whareroa Fonterra just two kilometres south of the township.
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Article source: http://www.southtaranaki.com/Visit/Our-District/Hawera/