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Pāuatahanui – Paekākāriki Hill

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Pāuatahanui – Paekākāriki Hill is 1,227, with a population density of 0.12 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Pāuatahanui - Paekākāriki Hill is bounded by the Kāpiti Coast District in the north, Upper Hutt City in the east, Hutt City, Belmont Road and Paremata-Haywards Road in the south, and Porirua Harbour, Plimmerton, State Highway 1, Pukerua Bay and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Name origin

While there may be several meanings to the name of Pāuatahanui, it is the original name of the local stream and also means 'big shellfish', reflecting the originally plentiful supplies of shellfish in Porirua Harbour. Paekākāriki Hill is named after Paekākāriki Hill Road which climbs the valley to the north and Paekākāriki translated means 'perching place of the green parakeet'. The Porirua locality of Judgeford is named after Alfred Judge, one of the earliest European settlers in the area.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Gradual growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and then from the 1970s. The population increased between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added.

Land use

Pāuatahanui - Paekākāriki Hill is predominantly rural, with land used mainly for farming, with a small amount of industry and business and helps to make up the Porirua localities of Pāuatahanui, Paekākāriki Hill and Judgeford to the east.

Major features

Major features include Pāuatahanui School (primary), Pāuatahanui village shops, Pāuatahanui Lighthouse Cinema, Battle Hill Forest Park, farmland and horticulture, BRANZ (building research and information organisation), Pāuatahanui Golf Club, Judgeford Golf Club, reserves, parks, walkways, bushland and the large Pāuatahanui wildlife and estuary reserves.