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The 2013 population for Blueskin is 1,767, with a population density of 0.37 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Blueskin is bounded by the locality of Maxwell in the north and west, the Whanganui River in the east, and the suburbs of Upper Aramoho, Lower Aramoho, St Johns Hill, Otamatea, Springvale East, Springvale West, Tawhero, Mosston and Castlecliff North in the south.

Name origin

Blueskin is named after an original resident in the area who had a facial tattoo that completely covered his features.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates primarily from the late 1800s, with some development through to the early 1900s. Growth resumed from the 1940s. The population increased from the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Blueskin is a rural and rural-residential area. Rural land is used mainly for grazing and farming.

Major features

Major features of the area include Wanganui Golf Club (Belmont Links), Westmere Lake, Matipo Park, Aramoho Cemetery and several schools.