Welcome to Pongaroa;  rural community at its best

A letter to the community from Senior Sergeant Jymahl Glassey


28 June 2018

By Jymahl Glassey, Officer in Charge, Tararua Police 

Hello Pongaroa and surrounding communities. The last few weeks have sure highlighted what an important part of your community Senior Constable Dave Kirk was. With a number of articles about Kirky’s retirement making national and regional news (both online and in print) it’s quite clear to see the impact and importance of police in your community. As a police officer it’s warming to see and experience the support your community gives police and your passion for policing in the future.


Whilst the vacancy left by Kirky’s retirement is considered, we are attempting to bring to you the best quality police service we can. I appreciate that for some this may not match the service, support, sense of safety given by Kirky in his 16 years resident in Pongaroa but I wish to assure you that staff across the Tararua are striving to get good police presence in your area and to have good channels of communication open for residents to contact us.


Currently we visit Pongaroa Police Station every Thursday from 9am-12pm . We also use this time to get around the town so if we are not at the Police Station we won’t be far away. We also have random rostered patrols that visit the back roads of your area once or twice a week. There is no set pattern to these patrols so you may not see us out and about every time, but if you are out shifting stock or travelling the back roads and see a police vehicle then do please flag us down for a chat. If you need urgent police assistance then we are always available to attend. Any call for urgent assistance will be assessed and prioritised by call takers. If there are no police in the immediate area then police are dispatched from either Dannevirke or Pahiatua. This does affect our arrival time.


If you need or wish to report an incident or crime and it is not urgent then I encourage you to use our crime reporting line, 0800 115 019. Details are taken by the call taker and loaded in the police computer system. These events are then viewed by local staff (generally within 24hrs) and we are able to make contact with you and advance the matter. If you want to contact local police directly you can ring the Pongaroa Police Station 063760010 and ask the call taker to put you through to the officer you wish to talk to. We very much rely on you to let us know what the concerns are and what is occurring in your community.


If you have trouble reaching police via any of the above available means then I welcome direct contact via my email:  jgj048@police.govt.nz


Pongaroa has a great reputation as a safe place to live and visit. We want to help keep it that way.

Pongaroa Fuel Stop

We now have fuel in Pongaroa thanks to the Fuel Stop committee, Allied Fuels and Petrotec Ltd. The village had a great day celebrating the official opening with fun for the whole family.The weather even played along.

Visitors might like to stay a while - there is freedom camping at Four Mile Bush(on the Coast Road). Please take your rubbish with you and leave the toilet and facilities as you found them. There is also camping facilities at the domain with a shower and toilet block and power points for RVs and caravans. Please pay at the Hotel or Shop.

Officially formed in 1895, for more than a century Pongaroa has been the community heart at the centre of a large area of rolling hills dotted with remnant stands of native bush. The district has long had a reputation for unspoiled landscapes, pristine beaches and high quality meat and wool production, but it is the people and the hospitality of the community that make Pongaroa so special.


  • 25th June Pongaroa Ambulance AGM 7 pm at the Fire Station
  • 7 - 22 July School Holidays
  • 7th October Exotic Sheep Shearing Day 10am - 2pm in Wimbledon

The centre of Pongaroa sits astride the crossroads of Route 52 and the Pahiatua - Makuri - Akitio road, making it an ideal location from which to explore the area. You will be surprised by the wealth of facilities and activities available to locals and visitors alike. Golf, squash, bush walks and hiking are all on the doorstep. There are camping and homestay facilities available for those who wish to stay over for a few days, and the locals at the Pongaroa Hotel are always pleased to welcome new faces. Fuel can be obtained from the local service station, snacks are available at the local store and full meals are on offer at the Hotel. The children of Pongaroa are served by a vibrant Pre-School (Pongaroa Early Years) and a thriving school, Pongaroa School

For information on social, sporting, business and recreational facilities along with contact details take a look at the Pongaroa community list 2014_Community_List.pdf .

Pongaroa Bush Walk

Wander through the village and view the murals that depict the Pongaroa way of life and it's people from days gone by. Follow the directions in our Historic Walk brochure and view the buildings and streets with a whole new perspective. Stroll through the Native Bushwalk and be enthralled by the majesty of the trees, alive with the calls of Tuis and Bellbirds, while Fantails flit around catching insects.

 Village Green

Perhaps grab a coffee or ice cream and relax at the picnic table on the village green next to the monument honoring the achievements of Dr Maurice Wilkins, Pongaroa born Nobel Prize winning co-discoverer of the secrets of DNA.  




About 35 minutes East of Pongaroa is the stunningly beautiful beach at Akitio. Once a significant part of the local economy, Akitio was the loading point for bales of wool shipped to Wellington and then on to Europe. Now the beach is quiet and only the last two timbers of the wharf remain as a reminder of the past.

Akitio Beach Looking South


Although it is a small settlement, Akitio has a thriving boat club, camp site and store. There are opportunities to fish for Flounder, Herring and Kahawai at the river mouth or take a walk along the deserted shoreline.

Akitio Beach Looking Northwest

Take a few minutes to explore this site, check out the  Pongaroa Services , Upcoming Events  and  Photo Gallery and you will understand why Pongaroa is

The Way To Go.

3 Kings  

For a full list of Pongaroa services, businesses and groups please click here: 2014_Community_List.pdf

For a printable brochure in Doc format that shows the notable buildings in the village click these two links:

Brochure front side

Brochure back side

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