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The 2013 population for Discovery is 2,751, with a population density of 21.99 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Discovery is bounded by Paremata Road in the north, Ayton Drive and Endeavour in the east, Adventure in the south, and Paremata-Postgate and Postgate Drive in the west.

Name origin

Discovery is named after one of the ships commanded by navigator and explorer Captain James Cook. The suburb of Whitby is named after Cook's home town in Yorkshire, England and many street names are nautical terms used in the era of Cook's voyages.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Rapid development took place from the 1960s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area. The population declined marginally between 2006 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Discovery is an established residential part of the suburb of Whitby which was established in 1971.

Major features

Major features of the Discovery part of Whitby include Discovery School (primary), walkways and reserves and Pāuatahanui Inlet.