North Island - New Zealand
Kawakawa developed as a service town when coal was found in the area in 1861, but there is no longer coal mining here.
The economy is based around farming.
The town is known as "Train town", because the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street on the way to Opua (service is currently suspended).
The town is also famous for its public toilets, designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was a resident of the town from 1975 until his death in 2000.
Another attraction is the nearby Kawiti glowworm Caves at Waiomio.
Kawakawa Primary School is a full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 310.
Bay of Islands College is a secondary (years 9-15) school with a roll of 422.. It takes students from around the Bay of Islands and middle Northland, with 85% of its students travelling daily by bus to attend.
Both schools have a decile rating of 1, and are coeducational.
Karetu School is also a local primary school in the Kawakawa region.
For more information about Kawakawa see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawakawa) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, January 2009.
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This information was correct in January 2009. E. & O.E.
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