Lo­cated be­side two wa­ters

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There is more to Ruawai than meets the eye of mo­torists pass­ing through State High­way One and Dar­gav­ille. The many pad­docks on ei­ther side of the town­ship bear the heavy crops of ku­mara and squash for which the area is widely known, but a slight de­tour straight ahead leads mo­torists to an abrupt halt on the shores of the Kaipara Har­bour. Ruawai was named in recog­ni­tion of its lo­ca­tion be­side two wa­ters, where the muddy wa­ters of the north­ern Wairoa River flow into the Kaipara Har­bour. Maori and Dal­ma­tian and Bri­tish im­mi­grants have lived be­side each other for the last 150 years. The Ruawai flats of­fer a panoramic view of the resid­ual vol­canic cone of Toka­toka. They are an un­der-sea-level pas­ture land pro­tected by a sys­tem of drains, canals, flood­gates and stop­banks. A mon­u­ment to the fore­sight of the orig­i­nal pi­o­neers, th­ese safe­guards en­able the farm­ers and hor­ti­cul­tur­ists to pro­duce high qual­ity but­ter­fat, ku­mara and squash. Ruawai is a small, close-knit rural com­mu­nity con­sist­ing of a col­lege and vol­un­teer fire brigade, first or­gan­ised in 1952. It is a pop­u­lar fish­ing des­ti­na­tion and vis­i­tors can join the lo­cal boat­ing club mem­bers as they con­test the fish­ing grounds on the first Sun­day of each month. Keen an­glers must ne­go­ti­ate a no­to­ri­ous har­bour bar into the Tas­man Sea in pur­suit of prized marlin. Some res­i­dents pre­fer to test their skills at the small Matarua Golf Club or the lo­cal bowl­ing club.

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