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      • Auckland
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      • Taranaki
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      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Iwi of Opotiki

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Opotiki is a small town on New Zealand’s North Island, at the conjunction of the Otara and Waioeka rivers, on the eastern side of the Bay of Plenty region. Opotiki stands out as having some of the most breath-taking coastal scenery in the country. Its sheer natural beauty has led to an increase in domestic and international tourism.

Opotiki is also unique because its population is predominantly Maori, with three principal iwi holding land in the area. Despite an ongoing struggle for the reclamation of ancestral tribal lands, the Maori community in Opotiki has been instrumental in its economic and cultural state.

Te Whanau-a-Apanui
Te Whanau-a-Apanui are one of the larger of the three iwi in Opotiki. According to census data, just over 13,000 individuals affiliate themselves with the iwi nationwide, with most living outside of the Bay of Plenty region.
Their name derives from Apanui Ringamutu, an ancestor from the 1700’s whose noble lineage gained him ancestral territory on the coast to the east of Opotiki. Given their coastal heritage, Te Whanau-a-Apanui are closely connected to Opotiki’s waters and were once skilled whalers. Although that is a skill lost to the past, Te Wanau-a-Apanui’s tribal authority has ensured that investment into local fisheries guarantees long term benefit for the whole of Opotiki.
Apanui Ringamutu may be the tribe’s namesake, but Te Whanau-a-Apanui has brought us more contemporary figures too. Emmy-nominated director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) is from the area and affiliated with the tribe on his father’s side.

Ngaitai
The Ngaitai are one of the smaller iwi in the Opotiki district, who lay claim to one of the tiniest tribal areas in all of New Zealand. Their ancestral homeland surrounds the little settlement of Torere and, in recent years, has been passed down to its modern inhabitants who utilise it mostly for horticulture.
The top product from the Ngaitai homelands is macadamia nuts, an industry that provides many full-time and part-time jobs to local people. Although the Ngaitai are among the least documented iwi in the area, their rich history is still being discovered. Recent discoveries of Taonga (ancient tools) within their tribal homeland’s boundaries have been a talking point for those affiliated with the iwi.

Whakatohea
Another large iwi in the region are the Whakatohea. Their ancestral lands stretch around Opotiki, and their total number of affiliates is around 12,000. Due to their land’s proximity to the town itself, there has been some historical tension over ownership and confiscation of ancestral territory. However, plans to restore areas once lost to the iwi are well underway. The Whakatohea Maori Trust Board was also set up via government grant and has recently brought in $37 million in investment to a coastal mussel farm and processing plant to create hundreds of jobs for local people. The trust board also designate assets to healthcare providers and local farms, galvanising the importance of the Maori population within Opotiki.

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