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The 2020 population forecast for Kāpiti Coast District is 55,503, and is forecast to grow to 68,548 by 2043.
The Kāpiti Coast District is located on the south-western coast of the lower North Island, about 50 kilometres north of the Wellington CBD. The Kāpiti Coast District is bounded by the Horowhenua District in the north, the Carterton and South Wairarapa Districts in the east, Upper Hutt and Porirua Cites in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.
The place names of the Kāpiti Coast have origins from early Māori who arrived on the canoe, Kurahaupo. Whatonga (Captain of the Kurahaupo) named Kāpiti Island for his decendants, Tara and Rangitāne. Kāpiti Island is derived from the full name Te Waewae Kāpiti o Tara rāua ko Rangitāne (the joined footprints of Tara and Rangitāne). Kāpiti Island indicated the land boundaries for both iwi; Ngāi Tara - Kāpiti Island South and Rangitāne - Kāpiti Island North. Sources: Kāpiti Coast District Council website (District History page), Te Ara (The Encyclopedia of New Zealand) website, Department of Conservation (Te Papa Atawhai).
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