Te Kauwhata today – the community spirit
The thriving village contains a primary school and Te Kauwhata College (a state, co-educational decile 5 school), as well as three early childhood learning centres – Suits & Gumboots, Te Kauwhata Childcare & Learning Centre and Te Kauwhata Playcentre
Te Kauwhata has numerous high quality and well maintained sporting facilities for a relatively small village; rugby fields, squash courts, netball courts, the highly regarded Waikare Golf Club, cricket pitches and tennis courts.
It is also home to the Aparangi Retirement Village, comprising large individual houses, smaller apartments and flats and a care unit certified to hospital standard. Aparangi Village is home to around 200 of Te Kauwhata’s 1,400 population.
There is also a community fitness centre with gym and swimming pool, and a very well patronised outdoor bowling green, as well as Girl Guides, Brownies, children’s music and dance classes.
The main street slopes gently uphill from a children’s playground and barbecues and picnic tables set under trees in the village green. The newest building is the Waikato District Council library, which won an architectural award for its innovative design.
Other facilities include a supermarket and liquor outlet, cafes and a take-away food shop, a doctors’ rooms and pharmacy, tavern owned by a community Trust, hair salons, veterinary services, a general store, real estate offices, a church op shop and a ‘House of Treasures’ run by the Aparangi Village volunteers.
Also in the Main Rd is jam and relish manufacturer and exporter, Peplers’ Savour The Taste, whose black raspberry vinaigrette is world famous.
Make sure you visit Te Kauwhata on a Friday; local farmers sell the freshest seasonal produce, and home bakers are frequently selling their wares to fund raise for local organisations or activities.
Te Kauwhata’s light industrial and commercial areas are home to vehicle repair garages, light engineering companies, an eel and salmon processing plant, truck and freighting companies, and agricultural supply businesses servicing the rural sector.