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The 2013 population for Plimmerton is 2,115, with a population density of 3.19 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Plimmerton is largely private residential with many old houses giving way to larger private dwellings on the coastline and hills. Plimmerton is bounded by Pukerua Bay and Airlie Road in the north, Paekākāriki Hill and Pāuatahanui in the east, Mana-Camborne, Grays Road and Taupo Crescent in the south, and the Tasman Sea in the west.

Hongoeka is located to the north of Plimmerton and consists of six large blocks of land and a residential area in Hongoeka Bay, bordered by bush clad hills and farmland. This is the largest area of Māori-owned land in Porirua City and an important area for Ngāti Toa. Properties extend right down into the water, so the access road crosses over private land and is not public road. Public walking access is provided by generosity of the landowners, so respect and care is required.

Name origin

Plimmerton is named after John Plimmer, director of the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company. Hongoeka is named after the historic Ngāti Toa settlement of the same name.

Settlement history

Plimmerton has a long Māori and European settlement history, particularly Hongoeka since the 1820s for Ngāti Toa. European settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for farming and fishing. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the main trunk railway line in 1885 and the construction of seaside homes. Expansion continued during the 1960s and 1970s. In the early 20th century it became, and continues to be, a popular beach location for Wellington visitors. The population was relatively stable between 1996 and 2013, a result of little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Plimmerton is a residential and rural area and helps to form the suburb of Plimmerton and the locality of Hongoeka.

Major features

Features include Plimmerton Shops, Plimmerton School (primary), St Theresa’s Catholic School (primary), walkways, beaches, Plimmerton Boating Club, the community-restored Plimmerton Railway Station, Hongoeka Marae wharenui - Te Heke-mai-raro, and many Māori and European heritage sites.