Te Puke

Te Puke

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Te Puke

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Te Puke is a town located 28 kilometres southeast of Tauranga in the Western Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. It is particularly famous for the cultivation of kiwifruit. It has a population of 6770.

Location

Te Puke is in close proximity to Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, and Maketu, which are all coastal towns/cities, as well as the small townships of Waitangi, Manoeka, Pongakawa and Paengaroa. It is 60 kilometres from Rotorua and 75 kilometres from Whakatane.

The town's name means The hill, and should be pronounced "teh-pook-eh". This name is reflective of its location, as it is on a hill near the Papamoa Hills.

The warm, moist climate and fertile soils of the region make it a very favourable horticultural district, with conspicuous production of many citrus fruits such as lemons and orange and kiwifruit. The town markets itself as the "Kiwifruit capital of the world". Livestock are also farmed, notably dairy cattle. Rural Te Puke contains many fruit orchards and avocado orchards, the supporting of which forms the backbone of the region's economy.

History

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Around 1350, the Te Arawa canoe is said to have landed at Maketu after sailing from Hawaiki. The canoe was under the command of chief Tama-te-kapua, and he was responsible for many of the original place names of the area. Māori ventured up the rivers and streams and built many in the area.

Lieutenant, later Captain James Cook, the first known European to visit the...
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