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The 2013 population for Maungaraki is 3,777, with a population density of 7.32 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Maungaraki is bounded by the locality of Belmont in the north, the locality of Normandale, Miromiro Road, Normandale Road and Western Hutt Road in the east, the locality of Korokoro in the south, and Wellington City in the west.

Name origin

Maungaraki is named from Māori words meaning 'mountains to the north'.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Residential growth took place in the early 1900s when some government housing was constructed, although population was minimal until the 1960s. Significant development took place from the late 1960s into the 1970s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2001, and then increased gradually between 2001 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Maungaraki is an established residential area, with conservation areas in the north and west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Belmont Regional Park, Korokoro Dam, Holdaway Scenic Reserve, Dowse Drive Playground, Banksia Grove Playground, Maungaraki Community Centre and one school.