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Paroa
West Coast
Paroa
Paroa
Coordinates: 42°30′39″S 171°10′9″E / 42.51083°S 171.16917°E / -42.51083; 171.16917
Country New Zealand
Region West Coast
District Grey District

Paroa is a settlement on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, just south of Greymouth. State Highway 6 and the Hokitika Branch railway both run through Paroa.[1][2] This railway was originally a bush tramway that opened to Paroa from Greymouth in 1867 and was extended to Kumara in 1877.[3] It was converted into a railway in 1893, and this time, ran from Paroa to Hokitika rather than Kumara.[4]

Shantytown, to the south-east of Paroa, is a recreation of a typical 1880s West Coast gold mining town, built in 1971 and operating as a commercial tourist attraction.[5]

Education[edit]

Paroa School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 172.[6] The school originally accepted year 1-6 pupils only, but changed to include year 7 and 8 students in 2001.[7]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Paroa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Precipitation mm (inches) 222
(8.74)
149
(5.87)
210
(8.27)
237
(9.33)
237
(9.33)
203
(7.99)
211
(8.31)
209
(8.23)
236
(9.29)
248
(9.76)
241
(9.49)
234
(9.21)
2,637
(103.82)
Source: The Weather Network [8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 69. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 156. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Kumara, Westland". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966). 
  4. ^ "Hokitika-Grey railway" (9537). West Coast Times. 25 May 1893. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "History of Shantytown". Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Paroa School, Greymouth". Ministry of Education. 
  7. ^ "Education Review Report - Paroa School". Education Review Office. June 2004. 
  8. ^ "Climate Statistics for Paroa (1961-1990)". Retrieved April 8, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°31′S 171°10′E / 42.517°S 171.167°E / -42.517; 171.167



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