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At the beginning of the 20th century two mining towns – declining Thames and booming Waihī – were the only urban centres on the Coromandel Peninsula. The development of dairy farming as a principal economic activity, especially on the Hauraki Plains, boosted Thames and saw Paeroa also grow steadily, whilst Waihī declined from its boom years before stabilising. The population of all three towns remained steady through the 1990s and early 2000s. In the 1970s and 1980s holiday towns on the peninsula, in particular Whitianga and Whangamatā, grew rapidly. Whitianga's population growth accelerated in the 2000s as major developments were completed.
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Sources: New Zealand Official Yearbook and Statistics New Zealand