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Hutt Central

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Hutt Central is 3,954, with a population density of 16.72 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Hutt Central is bounded by Melling Road, High Street, Kings Crescent and Epuni Street in the north, Witako Street, Birch Street, Mahoe Street, Knights Road, Willoughby Street, Wilford Street and Kauri Street in the east, Hinau Street, Penrose Street, Ludlam Crescent, Wai-Iti Crescent and Whites Line West in the south, and the Hutt River in the west.

Name origin

Hutt Central is named after the Hutt River, which was named after William Hutt, founding member, director and chairman of the New Zealand Company.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, although land was used largely for farming until the early 1900s. Some growth took place in the early 1900s, with more substantial development during the post-war years. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2001, and then increased slightly between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Hutt Central is an established mixed use area, with residential, commercial and recreational land uses.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Lower Hutt CBD, Westfield Queensgate Shopping Centre, Phoenix Mall (Centre City Plaza), The Dowse Art Museum, Hutt Art Centre, Odlin Gallery, The Little Theatre, Vogel House, Council Offices, Lower Hutt Town Hall, Horticultural Hall, Huia Pool, Civic Gardens, Hutt Recreation Ground, Riddiford Gardens, Strand Park, the Hutt River Trail, the Hutt River and numerous schools.