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is a major town of south Taranaki, about 20 km south of Eltham and 27 km north-west of Patea, with a population of around 13,000.
Hawera was a borough from 1882, until it became a part of the county.
Hawera is a servicing and distributing centre for the surrounding prosperous dairying district.
The township is about 20 km from the Kapuni natural gas field.
In the 1860s some of the heaviest fighting of the 'Land Wars' taken place in and around Hawera.
In 1866 about 20 000 ha of Maori land was confiscated for military settlement.
The Maoris under the leadership of Te Whiti of Parihaka Pa, fought a long and passive resistance.
Hawera decided to secede from the colony under the leadership of local farmer James Livingstone and become an independent republic with a volunteer army.
The Government rushed in troops to put down the rebellion of the settlers and Te Whiti.

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