The rural township of Takapau, 21km south-west of Waipukurau, was founded by pastoral runholder Sydney Johnston of Oruawharo station in 1876. The Johnston family donated land for churches and a school, and built community facilities such as a library, public hall and, later, Plunket rooms. Takapau’s streets are named after family members.

Meaning of place name
Lit: sleeping mat.

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