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Aotea – Papakōwhai

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Aotea – Papakōwhai is 4,572, with a population density of 10.85 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Aotea - Papakōwhai is bounded by Paremata-Postgate in the north, generally by Eskdale Road, Whitford Brown Avenue and Ascot Park in the east, Cannons Creek East and Cannons Creek North, Champion Street and Mungavin Avenue in the south, and the Onepoto Arm of Porirua Harbour in the west.

Name origin

Aotea was named after the great migration canoe that voyaged to New Zealand from Hawaiiki arriving in 1300AD. Streets in Aotea have been named after New Zealand's national parks and scenic locations. Papakōwhai is is named after the kowhai trees that grew on much of the land around the harbour early in Porirua's history. Streets in Papakōwhai have been named after rivers, waterways, lochs and estuaries in Scotland.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming. Some growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Aotea Lagoon was initially created by the 1958-1961 causeway construction to realign the North Island main trunk railway and was officially formed in 1979. Substantial development occurred from the post-war years, particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2006, with rapid growth between 2006 and 2013 as large numbers of new dwellings were added to the area. Papakōwhai is largely private residential and began development in the early 1970s. Aotea began in 2004 and is largely private residential and a large area of development is underway to the south.

Land use

Aotea - Papakōwhai is largely a residential area and makes up the suburbs of Aotea and Papakōwhai.

Major features

Major features of the area include Aotea Lagoon, reserves and walkways, Royal New Zealand Police College and Police Museum, Gear Homestead, Summerset Retirement Home, Horouta Ki Poneke Marae (home from home for whanau of Horouta waka - Te Whanau-a-Apanui to Wairoa), Mungavin Homestead, Adrenalin Forest, Papakōwhai School (primary) andAotea College (secondary).