Waverley is a small town located in south Taranaki, New Zealand. It is 44 km northwest of Wanganui. Patea is 17 km to the west, and Waitotara is 10 km to the southeast. State Highway 3 and the Marton – New Plymouth Line railway run through the town. The population was 861 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 42 from 2001.
It was an important colonial stronghold during the land wars of the 1860s, during which time the town was called Wairoa. The town is well known for its farming and thoroughbred stables. The race horse Kiwi was trained in the paddocks of a Waverley sheep farm by owner Snow Lupton, and went on to go from last in the final straight to win the 1983 Melbourne Cup.
Waverley has a black sand beach, the colour is due to iron sand deposits. The campground at the beach is well used in the summer months, as the beach provides safe surfing. Waverley has a number of cafes and coffee shops and is a popular place for tourists to stop for a break before entering the Taranaki region. Waverley LibraryPlus is open to the public 5 days a week, offering a full range of Council services, tourist information and library facility.
Education: Waverley Primary School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 128. Public education started in the area in 1873. Waverley High School closed on 20 April 2007, after its NCEA assessments were found to be unreliable.
Further reading: general historical works
Historic Waverley, Hawera, [N.Z.]: South Taranaki District Council, 2002
Bremer, Ione Margaret (1962), The early development of the Patea-Waverley district: a study of the problems of settling confiscated land (M.A., Victoria University)
Bremer, Robert (1973), Waverley School’s first century: an historical record, including an introduction to early Waverley, Waverley, [N.Z.] ; Hawera, [N.Z.]: Waverley School Centennial Committee; Hawera Star
NOTE: This book covers the history of the following schools: Waverley District High School (the former Waverley School).
Country Women’s Institute (1966), My District an Historical Survey, Wanganui, [N.Z.]: Wanganui Country Women’s Institute
How, Christine; Woodill, Merle; Sole, Laraine; Hurndell, Pam & Kiff, Margaret (1998), 125 years schooling in the Waverley district reunion, 6th, 7th and 8th February 1998: this book covers the years 1973 to 1998, Waverley [N.Z.]: 125 Years’ Schooling in Waverley Reunion Committee
NOTE: This book covers the history of the following schools: Waverley Primary School; Waverley High School; St. Michael’s School, Waverley; Kohi School; Mangawhio School; Moumahaki School; Ngutuwera School; Omahina School; Ridge Road School, and Waverley Convent.
Lovegrove, Cecil Lawrence (1969), Wairoa 1866-1886 : military history of Waverley, Patea, [N.Z.]: Patea Historical Society Inc.
Roberts, C.J. (1937), Official History of the County of Patea, Patea, [N.Z.]: Patea County Council
Sole, Laraine (1983), Waverley, 1860-1920, Waitotara, [N.Z.] ; Waverley, [N.Z.] ; Wanganui, [N.Z.]: L. Sole; Waverley-Aotea Rotary Club; Hanton & Anderson
Sole, Laraine (1984), Waverley, 1860-1920 (2nd ed.), Waverley, [N.Z.]: Waverley-Aotea Rotary Club
Sole, Laraine (1990), Waverley, 1860-1920 (3rd ed.), Waverley, [N.Z.] ; Wanganui, [N.Z.]: Waverley-Aotea Rotary Club; Hanton & Anderson
Sole, Laraine (1996), Waverley the early families, Waverley, [N.Z.]: L. Sole
South Taranaki District Council (2000), Waverley heritage inventory, Hawera, [N.Z.]: South Taranaki District Council
South Taranaki District Council (2003), Waverley heritage inventory, Hawera, [N.Z.]: South Taranaki District Council
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