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Paremata - Postgate

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Paremata - Postgate is 2,547, with a population density of 17.11 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Paremata - Postgate is bounded by the Porirua Harbour in the north and west, Postgate Drive and Discovery in the east, and Adventure, Ascot Park and Papakowhai in the south.

Name origin

Paremata was likely originally named Parramatta by early whalers after the settlement west of Sydney but it was later adapted to the Māori spelling. Postgate is the name of the school that navigator and explorer Captain James Cook attended in England. 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 1830s when a whaling station was built at Paremata. Land was used mainly for farming and fishing until the 1880s. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the main trunk railway line in 1885. Expansion resumed during the interwar period, aided by the construction of a road bridge at the meeting of the two arms of Porirua Harbour in 1936. Significant development occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2006, and then increased slightly between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Paremata - Postgate is an established residential, retail, leisure and recreation area and helps to make up the suburbs of Paremata and Whitby.

Major features

Major features of the area include Paremata Railway Station, Paremata Boating Club, Ivey Bay, Browns Bay, Postgate Park, reserves and walkways, Paremata School (primary) and Postgate School (primary) in Whitby.