The Community & Living in Kawerau | Kawerau, New Zealand

If you are looking for a great place to live, run your business from, or retire to, then Kawerau is worth considering.  It has good people, a superb climate, a handy location, and a natural environment that is the envy of many.  It really is one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets.

Kawerau as a community

Kawerau is renowned for its friendliness and community spirit and this is reflected in the wide range of community involved events and community groups active in the town.

Kawerau Proud

We’re not markerters, bureaucrats or politicians. We are just a group of (mostly semiretired) Kiwis who are still living the new Zealand dream and we want to let you in on a secret.

We live in a place where purchasing a full section and a decent home is still possible. Our community is friendly and welcoming. Rivers, lakes and the sea is not far away. Our central location to towns like Rotorua (about 45 minutes), Tauranga (1 hour) and Whakatane (30 minutes) is making our town more desireable to the discerning property hunter.

With our savings from selling our big city assets, and an international airport only 45 minutes away, we are able to live the retirees dream of travelling across the country and around the world without having to worry about our finances or crippling mortgage. So long this has been New Zealand’s best kept secret. But we wanted to let you in on it so you can enjoy the New Zealand dream.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, we are getting more and more requests from interested peopple from across the country. This means that house prices will start increasing soon. 

Oh! Don’t believe everything you hear on the media or you will miss out on a number one quality life that is truly stressfree.

Kawerau – your lifestyle choice.

Also featured in RV Travel Lifestyle magazine and will have a stand at the 2015 Great NZ Outdoor & Leisure Show, tour site No. 181.

The Echo

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 28 July, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 25 August, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 22 September, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 27 October, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 24 November, 2015

Echoing out Kawerau’s News & Views – Tuesday 8 December, 2015


Kawerau and District Ageing in Place

KADAP is an Organisation run on business lines providing or enabling services to our members, that for a fee, provide them with services and access to help where they can have confidence in the value, security and quality of the provider.

Many agencies are already present in Kawerau providing assistance and care to many but that is only part of the issue.  KADAP is there to fill the gaps in the needs of people who don’t qualify for help from these other agencies. A retirement home/village is not the answer for everyone and research shows that people are happiest when supported to remain in their own homes. In some cases a retirement home may not even be an option. 

Kawerau Seniors Forum

A review of Council’s positive ageing strategy in 2011/12 led to the establishment of a Forum to represent the needs and interests of people in the community aged 65 and over.

The Kawerau Seniors Forum is a non-politically aligned group which provides two-way communication and engagement with older and disabled people about Council policies and plans. 

Contact Details for Seniors Forum Office-Holders

Chairperson, Colin Churchill (07) 323 7560

Vice-Chairperson, Richard Darling (07) 323 6335

Secretary, Anita Moore (07) 323 8704

Council Representative, Alistair Holmes (07) 323 7817


  • Advocate and act as a reference or advisory group in the development of relevant Council policies and plans ensuring that the requirements of our senior and disabled residents are taken into account.
  • Communicate to senior and disabled citizens in the District details of resources and developments of benefit to this group.
  • Research and identify issues of concern to aged and disabled people and represent or advocate on their behalf. As with our recent submissions to Council’s Long Term Plan, with agreement that several of our suggestions are to be implemented.
  • To help us help you, please let us know of your concerns within our town that you believe are not age or disability friendly. For example, our on-going survey of footpaths and paving will benefit from any advice you can give us about areas that you feel need attention.

Living conditions

Kawerau’s superb climate, handy location and natural environment are the envy of many – and it’s one place where you get real value for your housing dollar.

House prices are inexpensive and many a bargain has been found by those retiring in Kawerau.  Buyers can free up much of their money by selling a high priced home in another town and buying in Kawerau. 

If Kawerau doesn’t top the NZ temperatures daily, it’s not far from it:  just watch the evening weather report.  In winter there are a few frosts, generally only -1 or -2 degrees, but good daytime temperatures.  Kawerau is a low wind area and, though relatively close to the coast, it is just far enough away to miss the cooling sea breezes.  Rain falls evenly through the year, drying off in summer.

Kawerau’s abundant natural resources include wood, water and natural gas.  The best drinking water is sourced from local natural springs and is supplied free and unmetered to all homes.  Natural gas is reticulated throughout the town and geothermally generated electricity is supplied to industry and hopefully, in times to come, will be available for domestic use. With close proximity to forestry, firewood is easily obtainable and reasonably priced.

Kawerau District Council is a small, debt free council providing quality and efficient services such as an excellent modern public library, free public swimming and spa pools, numerous public halls and some lovely gardens, parks and reserves.  Building permits are usually easily-obtained and the town is motorhome friendly.

Read why Kawerau is a comfortable place to retire – download 2 page pdf here.

Kawerau’s Radio Station – Galaxy FM


Galaxy FM is Kawerau’s brand new radio station.

Currently transmitting on the air at 107FM, Galaxy FM is open to the public to express the local news, views & events and local interviews. The radio station is on air 24 hours, 7 days a week.


Galaxy FM plays a wide variety of music to suit all listeners and their preferred tastes. Galaxy FM also has speakers in the awnings of the Kawerau CBD in Jellicoe Court, in conjunction with the local council.

Mountain View Rest Home request show is on Sunday mornings between 9am and 12 noon. This is for the older generation so they can phone the radio station and request a song.

For more information please contact Galaxy FM on (07) 323 7695 or email or website