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Portland, Northland

Portland
Portland
Portland

Coordinates: 35°48′06″S 174°19′45″E / 35.80167°S 174.32917°E / -35.80167; 174.32917Coordinates: 35°48′06″S 174°19′45″E / 35.80167°S 174.32917°E / -35.80167; 174.32917

Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Whangarei District
Population (2006)
 • Total 993


Portland is a locality on the western side of Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Whangarei is about 10 km to the north. Tikorangi is a hill to the west with a summit 161 m above sea level.[1][2]

The population of the Otaika-Portland area was 993 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 18 from 2001.[3]

The major industry is Portland Cement, which is New Zealand's largest cement manufacturer.[4] It has a specialised loading dock on the harbour,[5] and quarries Tikorangi for lime.[6]

History

The Portland Cement Works, which started on Limestone Island in Whangarei Harbour in 1885, moved to Portland in 1916.[7][8] The Cement works is now owned by Golden Bay Cement, a division of Fletcher Building.

Historically, the town had a train station on the North Auckland Line.

Education

Portland School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 2 and a roll of 56.[9]

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