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The city/county of Whakatane

Country: New Zealand

State/Province: Bay of Plenty Region

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Whakatane is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region, in the North Island of New Zealand, and is the seat of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Whakatane is 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatane River. The town has a population of 18,700, with another 15,700 people living within the greater Whakatane District. Of the 34,400 people (June 2009 estimate) in the District, around 40% have Māori ancestry. The District has a land area of 4,442.07 km² (1,715.09 sq mi). The Whakatane District was declared in 1976. Whakatane is part of the parliamentary electorate of East Coast, represented by Anne Tolley of the New Zealand National Party. Whakatane was among the towns affected by the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake. Wikipedia:Whakatane