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Homedale - Pencarrow

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Homedale - Pencarrow is 5,937, with a population density of 0.24 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Homedale - Pencarrow is bounded by the localities of Naenae North and Manuka and Upper Hutt City in the north, the South Wairarapa District Council area in the east, Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour in the south and south-west, and the localities of Eastbourne and Fernlea, Fitzherbert Road, Best Street, the Black Stream, Nelson Crescent and the locality of Glendale in the west.

Name origin

Homedale is named after the original estate in the area, which was thought to be named to describe a dale (valley) of homes. Pencarrow is named after the home of Sir Charles Molesworth, a director of the New Zealand Company in Cornwall, England.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for timber-getting and farming. Some growth took place during the 1850s and 1860s, although population was minimal until the 1920s, due to limited access. Significant development occurred from the post-war years, particularly in the Homedale area. The population generally declined slightly between 1996 and 2013, a result of some new dwellings being added to the area, but a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Homedale - Pencarrow is a predominantly rural area, with residential areas in the north-west at Homedale East and Homedale West.

Major features

Major features of the area include East Harbour Regional Park, Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata Golf Club, Wainuiomata Historical Museum, Wainuiomata Summer Pool, Harry Todd Recreation Reserve, Leonard Wood Park, Ngaturi Park, Poole Crescent Reserve, Richard Prouse Park, Rotary Park, Wainuiomata Scenic Reserve, William Jones Park, Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance and one school.

Included areas

This small area includes the suburbs of Homedale East, Homedale West and Pencarrow.