The Kaituna River is in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the outflow from Lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti, and flows northwards for 45 kilometres (28 mi), emptying into the Bay of Plenty near Maketu.
The Western Bay of Plenty stretches from Bowentown/Waihi Beach to Otamarakau,covering 212,000 hectares of coastal, rural and urban areas. It is a growth area of New Zealand, with a population of about 46,000 people. The main urban centres include Waihi Beach, Katikati, Omokoroa, Te Puna, Te Puke and Maketu.
Te tumu landowners group
Formed in December 2004 the Te Tumu Landowners Group comprises of the three main landowners in the Papamoa East – Te Tumu Area. Their objective is to Respond to the SmartGrowth strategy and address infrastructure, land use, planning and integration.
Te tumu pa
Not far from the commencement of the easterly bend the Papamoa hills come down to the flat land, and within a mile or so to the east was situated Te Tumu pa built on the flat, not on a hill as Maori pas usually are, and which was fortified with palisades and ditches.