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Clive, New Zealand

on 27/03/2012
Clive River, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 12 May 2006

Clive River, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 12 May 2006 (Photo credit: PhillipC)

The small town of Clive is located ten kilometres south of Napier in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand‘s North Island. It is close to the mouth of the Ngaruroro River.

The town, which has a population of 1350 at the 2001 census, is part of the Hastings district. It was named (like many of the towns in the vicinity) after a prominent person from imperial India, in this case Robert Clive, better known as “Clive of India”. The name was given by John Curling.

The town of Clive is mainly rural, yet with the increasing number of people moving into Hawkes Bay, and Clive being at the meeting point of Metropolitan Hastings and Napier, new subdivisions are being built to accommodate the growing population.

Clive is home to the Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club who train on the Clive River. The Hawke’s Bay Rowing Regatta is held on the first weekend of the year, started in 1895 and is the oldest regatta in New Zealand.

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