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Gracefield and Eastern Bays

About the profile areas

The 2018 population for Gracefield and Eastern Bays is 2,217, with a population density of 3.82 persons per hectare.


Note: This page displays the area boundaries used for the 2018 Census. In some cases, these are significantly different to the pre-2018 areas. For more on this, see the Census 2018 page.

Location and boundaries

Haywards-Manor Park - Kelson is bounded by Porirua City, Paremata-Haywards Road and Upper Hutt City in the north, the Hutt River in the east, Western Hutt Road and Major Drive in the south, and the locality of Belmont in the west.

Name origin

Haywards-Manor Park is named after Thomas Hayward, an early settler in the area. Kelson is named after George Kells, an original land holder, and his son Bill who directed the land subdivision.

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Gracefield and Eastern Bays

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for farming. Population was minimal until the early 1900s. Significant residential development did not occur until the 1950s. The population increased marginally between 1996 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Haywards-Manor Park - Kelson is a residential, rural-residential and rural area.

Major features

Major features of the area include Belmont Regional Park, Keith George Memorial Park, Mary Huse Park, Manor Park Private Hospital, Manor Park Golf Club, Haywards Power Substation, Kelson Community Centre and one school.