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Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton New Zealand
Full nameHamilton
Native nameKirikiriroa (Māori)
Settlement typeMetropolitan Area
IslandNorth Island
RegionWaikato Region
Territorial authorityHamilton City
MayorJulie Hardaker
Deputy MayorGordon Chesterman
Total Area37.8 sq mi (98 km2)
Total Population  ( )
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.) 
Other information
Time zoneNZST (UTC+12)
- Summer (DST)NZDT (UTC+13)
Area code07
Local iwiNgāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Raukawa, Tainui

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Hamilton (Kirikiriroa in Māori) is the centre of New Zealand's fourth largest urban area, and Hamilton City is the country's fourth largest territorial authority. Hamilton is in the Waikato Region of the North Island, approximately 130 km (80.8 mi) south of Auckland. It sits at a major road and rail nexus in the centre of the Waikato basin, on both banks of the Waikato River.

Initially an agricultural service centre, it now has a growing and diverse economy and is the second fastest growing urban area in New Zealand. Education and research and development play an important part in Hamilton's economy, as the city is home to approximately 40,000 tertiary students and 1,000 PhD scientists.

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