Manawatu-Wanganui New Zealand
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The small township of Pongaroa lies in Wairarapa, in the southeast of the North Island of New Zealand.
It is located 110km southwest of Hastings and 200km northeast of Wellington.
The nearest town is Pahiatua, 50 kilometres to the west.
Pongaroa village has a population of about 30, with the surrounding farms bringing the total population to about 300.
During the early settlement years in the late 1800s the township was much larger as there was anticipation that the Masterton to Napier Railway would run through Pongaroa.
However, eventually the railway cut through Pahiatua and thus that township grew, whilst Pongaroa remained a farming community.
Pongaroa has a WAR MEMORIAL
and a famous son
MAURICE HUGH FREDERICK WILKINS
(1916-2004) - Maurice was born in Pongaroa and became a biophysicist
... there are 257 people buried here
... (as at Novomber 2009)