Te Poi

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Te Poi
Photograph of Te Poi Memorial Hall
Te Poi Memorial Hall
Te Poi is located in New Zealand
Te Poi
Te Poi
Coordinates: Coordinates: 37°53′S 175°50′E / 37.883°S 175.833°E / -37.883; 175.833
CountryNew Zealand
RegionWaikato
Territorial authorityMatamata-Piako District
ElectorateWaikato
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
Postcode
3401
Area code(s)07

Te Poi is a small village in rural Waikato, New Zealand, nestled at the base of the scenic Kaimai Ranges established in 1912. Te Poi is part of a thriving farming area, particularly for dairying, thoroughbred horse breeding and cropping.

The village is serviced by a garage, a cafe, a pub/restaurant and many other small businesses, and has a public tennis court. There is also good trout fishing nearby.[citation needed]

From Te Poi, it is 40 minutes to Tauranga, 35 minutes to Rotorua, 45 minutes to Hamilton, two hours to skiing at Mount Ruapehu on the Central Plateau and two hours to Auckland.

History and culture[edit]

Te Poi built a memorial halls in 1922 to commemorate fallen soldiers from World War I, it built another memorial hall to commemorate its fallen sons from World War II.[citation needed]

Te Poi was the site of the Sunny Park-Hinuera Cooperative Dairy Company, known for its casein production. In 1983 Sunny Park buildings were auctioned off after the merger with the Waikato Dairy Company; the village has weathered the loss of the factory well, due to its central location.[citation needed]

The town celebrated its district centenary on 31 March 2012.

Marae[edit]

Te Poi has three marae, affiliated with Ngāti Raukawa hapū. Rengarenga Marae is affiliated with Ngāti Mōtai and Ngāti Te Apunga. Te Omeka Marae and Tiriki Teihaua meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Kirihika. Te Ūkaipō Marae and Wehiwehi meeting house are affiliated with Ngāti Kirihika and Ngāti Wehiwehi.[1][2]

Education[edit]

The village has a primary school.

Older children go to Matamata by bus (10 minutes) for secondary schooling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  2. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.

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