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The town serves to support local farming, and is the residence of many employees of New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook. The main primary school is Tuakau Primary, where Sir Edmund Hillary was educated. There is also Harrisville Primary, at the top of Harrisville Hill. The joined intermediate and high school is Tuakau College. The major town nearby is Pukekohe. Smaller Nearby towns include Onewhero and Pokeno. In April 2012, a zookeeper was killed by a 39-year old African elephant.
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