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Paraparaumu

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Things to do: museums, fun & games, outdoors
Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. It lies in the Kapiti Coast, 55 kilometres north of the nation's capital city, Wellington.Like other towns in the area, it has a partner settlement at the coast called Paraparaumu Beach, which lies directly opposite Kapiti Island. The two towns form part of the Kapiti Coast District. Together with the nearby Raumati and Raumati South they are among the fastest-growing urban areas in New Zealand, and are major dormitory towns with workers commuting to the cities that make up the Wellington urban area. The four towns between them have a 2012 population of over 49,000 people. Inland behind Paraparaumu is the Maungakotukutuku area.Paraparaumu means "scraps from an earth oven" in Māori: "parapara" means "dirt" or "scraps" and "umu" means "oven". It is commonly abbreviated to "Para-Param", particularly by longer-term residents of European ethnicity, and simply "Pram" by local youth.EducationParaparaumu is home to the Kapiti Coast's largest secondary school, Paraparaumu College, with Kapiti College at nearby Raumati Beach and Otaki College in Otaki.Paraparaumu AirportParaparaumu Airport is a popular recreational airfield and hosts the Kapiti Aero Club. Apart from fixed wing and glider training, local helicopter operator – Helipro carries out extensive helicopter pilot training. Air New Zealand has daily flights between the airport to both Auckland and Christchurch.
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