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Rānui Heights

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Rānui Heights is 1,359, with a population density of 5.67 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Rānui Heights is bounded by Mungavin Avenue and Awatea Street in the north, Arawhata Street, Porirua East and Cannons Creek South in the east, northern suburbs of Wellington City in the south, and Porirua Stream and State Highway 1 Motorway in the west.

Name origin

Rānui was the name of a land development firm operating in Porirua.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line and the nearby Porirua Lunatic Asylum which became known as Porirua Hospital. Significant development occurred during the 1960s. The population increased gradually between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2013 due to little change in dwelling stock.

Land use

Rānui Heights is a rural and residential area and helps to create the private, rental and state housing suburb of Rānui.

Major features

Both Porirua Fire Station and Wellington Free Ambulance are located in Rānui Heights.

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