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The 2013 population for Te Aro is 9,654, with a population density of 77.65 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Te Aro is bounded by Salamanca Road, Mount Street, The Terrace, Allenby Terrace, O'Reily Avenue, Boulcott Street, Willis Street, Bond Street, Victoria Street, Wakefield Street, Taranaki Street and Lambton Harbour in the north, Oriental Parade, Roxburgh Street, Majoribanks Street and Kent Terrace in the east, Buckle Street, Taranaki Street, Webb Street, Willis Street and Abel Smith Street in the south, and Victoria University and McKenzie Terrace in the west.

Settlement history

Colonial settlement of the area dates from 1840, with land used mainly for farming. Land was reclaimed following an earthquake in 1855. Growth took place between the 1860s and 1880s, with further expansion into the 1920s. Gentrification, redevelopment and renovation took place from the late 1970s. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population almost trebling between 1996 and 2013, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area, particularly medium and high density housing.

Land use

Te Aro is a mixed use area, with commercial, entertainment, industrial and increasing residential land use due to redevelopment.

Included areas

This small area encompasses most of the suburb of Te Aro, and small parts of Mt Victoria, Oriental Bay and Wellington Central.

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