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Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. It lies in the Kapiti Coast, 50 kilometres north of the nation’s capital city, Wellington. Commonly abbreviated to “Para-Param” by longer-term, particularly residents of European ethnicity and simply “Pram” by local youth; “Para-para-OO-moo” is closer to the native Maori pronunciation.
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 Beach 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 population in excess of 22,000.
Paraparaumu has special significant to members because it is the birthplace of the New Zealand Section of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.