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Whanganui Central - Cooks Gardens - Spriggens Park

About the profile areas

The 2013 population for Whanganui Central - Cooks Gardens - Spriggens Park is 1,797, with a population density of 6.16 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Wanganui Central - Cooks Gardens - Spriggens Park is bounded by the Whanganui River in the north and east, Carlton Avenue in the south, and Jackson Street, Purnell Street, the railway line and Dublin Street in the west.

Name origin

Wanganui Central is named for the central area of Wanganui, which is named from Māori words meaning 'big bay' or 'big harbour'. It was originally known as Petre.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s. Population was minimal until the 1870s, aided by the establishment of the nearby port. Rapid growth took place through to the 1920s, resuming again between 1946 and 1966. The population declined from the mid 1990s, a result of little change in dwelling stock and a decline in the average number of persons living in each dwelling.

Land use

Wanganui Central - Cooks Gardens - Spriggens Park is an established township area including residential, commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include the Wanganui CBD, Trafalgar Square Shopping Centre, Whanganui Riverboat Centre and Museum (including Paddlesteamer Waimarie), Royal Wanganui Opera House, Whanganui Regional Museum, Sarjeant Gallery, Ward Observatory, Wanganui Visitor Centre, Cooks Gardens, Moutoa Gardens, Queens Park, Spriggens Park, Wanganui Racecourse, Wanganui Velodrome, Wanganui War Memorial Conference & Convention Centre, Wanganui Community Arts Centre, Belverdale Hospital, Old Wanganui Cemetery, Council Chambers, Wanganui Educational Institute (Wanganui Glass School) and Wanganui City College.