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Gracefield - Seaview - Waiwhetu

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Gracefield - Seaview - Waiwhetu is 4,065, with a population density of 5.81 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gracefield - Seaview - Waiwhetu is bounded by the railway line, Guthrie Street, Riverside Drive Central and the locality of Waterloo East in the north, the localities of Arakura and Parkway in the east, the locality of Eastbourne and Marine Drive in the south, and Wellington Harbour, the Hutt River, Waione Street, Randwick Road and Elizabeth Street in the west. This area also includes two small islands located to the south-west of the mainland.

Name origin

Waiwhetu is named from words meaning 'star-reflecting stream'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Market gardening became a major land use from the 1880s to the 1940s. Industrial development took place in Gracefield from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. Significant residential development occurred during the 1920s and 1930s spurred by the opening of the railway line. Expansion continued during the 1940s and 1950s. The population was stable between 1996 and 2001, increased slightly between 2001 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then was stable again between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Gracefield - Seaview - Waiwhetu is an established residential and industrial area, with conservation areas in the east.

Major features

Major features of the area include Bell Park, Hutt Park, Te Whiti Park, Waiwhetu Marae, Seaview Marina, Golf Warehouse Lower Hutt, Matiu/Somes Island (Scientific and Historic Reserve), Mokopuna Island (Wildlife Reserve) and two schools.

Included areas

This small area includes the suburbs of Gracefield, Seaview Marina, Waiwhetu North and Waiwhetu South, as well as Matiu/Somes Island and Mokopuna Island.

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