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The 2013 population for Heretaunga-Silverstream is 3,591, with a population density of 12.91 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Heretaunga-Silverstream is bounded by the Hutt River, the railway line and Fergusson Drive in the north, Camp Street in the east, Somme Road, the railway line and the localities of Trentham South and Pinehaven in the south, and Lower Hutt City in the west.

Name origin

Heretaunga is named from the Māori words 'here' meaning 'to tie up' and 'taunga' meaning 'to be at home, ie. Resting or mooring place for canoes'. Silverstream is named on account of the silver sands of the river.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth continuing during the early 1900s. Rapid growth took place during the 1950s and 1960s. The population increased marginally between 1996 and 2006 as new dwellings were added to the area, and then was relatively stable between 2006 and 2013.

Land use

Heretaunga-Silverstream is a predominantly residential area, with rural areas in the west.

Major features

Major features of the area include Silver Stream Railway Museum and Steam Train Rides, Dunns Park, Kurth Crescent Reserve, Silverstream Park and two schools.