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Wellington City

Notes - geography

Census geography

Census data are available at a variety of different geographic levels, for example, Region; Territorial Authority; Area Unit and Meshblock (a small local unit of 10-100 households). Often Census data geography doesn't match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making. While individual meshblocks are small enough to be very useful, only limited data are available at this detailed level, and they need to be aggregated into higher level meaningful units.

The Community Profile provides population data for the Wellington City and associated suburbs/localities, aggregated from Meshblocks for the Census years: 2013, 2006 and 2001.

Wellington City geography

The suburbs and localities in the Community Profile tables are aggregations of whole 2013-Census meshblock geography. While the meshblocks used to collect Census data in 2006 and 2001 differed a little from these, Statistics NZ have concorded the older datasets to the most current meshblock boundaries.

Suburbs and small areas are defined such that they contain a minimum of 11 meshblocks and 543 people in every Census year. This avoids any complications caused by confidentiality rules imposed by Statistics NZ. They are designed to match official suburb/locality boundaries as close as possible, and represent geographic areas which people can relate to on the ground. They have been agreed to with the local authority as representing logical communities within the area.

The small areas used in profile.id do NOT necessarily match up to Statistics NZs “Area Unit (AU)” boundaries, though some may coincide. Some will be larger than Area Units, while others will represent a more detailed breakdown within Area Unit boundaries. Some areas may cross Area Unit boundaries.

The Wellington City has 38 small areas:

Location of Aro Valley - Highbury

Aro Valley - Highbury

Location of Berhampore


Location of Broadmeadows


Location of Brooklyn


Location of Churton Park - Glenside

Churton Park - Glenside

Location of Crofton Downs

Crofton Downs

Location of Grenada North - Tawa - Takapu Valley

Grenada North - Tawa - Takapu Valley

Location of Grenada Village - Paparangi - Woodridge - Horokiwi

Grenada Village - Paparangi - Woodridge - Horokiwi

Location of Hataitai


Location of Island Bay - Owhiro Bay

Island Bay - Owhiro Bay

Location of Johnsonville


Location of Kaiwharawhara - Khandallah

Kaiwharawhara - Khandallah

Location of Karori


Karori is bounded by the locality of Makara and the suburb of Wilton in the north, Seaforth Terrace, Old Karori Road, Curtis Street, Chaytor Street, Northland Tunnel Road, Waiapu Road and the suburb of Highbury in the east, the suburbs of Brooklyn and Owhiro Bay and the locality of Makara in the south, and generally by the locality of Makara in the west.

Location of Kelburn


Location of Kilbirnie


Location of Kingston - Mornington - Vogeltown

Kingston - Mornington - Vogeltown

Location of Lyall Bay

Lyall Bay

Location of Maupuia


Location of Melrose


Location of Miramar


Location of Mt Cook

Mt Cook

Location of Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria

Location of Newlands - Ngauranga

Newlands - Ngauranga

Location of Newtown


Location of Ngaio


Location of Northland


Location of Ohariu - Makara - Makara Beach

Ohariu - Makara - Makara Beach

Location of Oriental Bay

Oriental Bay

Location of Rongotai - Moa Point

Rongotai - Moa Point

Location of Roseneath


Location of Seatoun - Karaka Bays - Breaker Bay

Seatoun - Karaka Bays - Breaker Bay

Location of Southgate - Houghton Bay

Southgate - Houghton Bay

Location of Strathmore Park

Strathmore Park

Location of Te Aro

Te Aro

Location of Thorndon - Pipitea

Thorndon - Pipitea

Location of Wadestown


Location of Wellington Central

Wellington Central

Wellington Central is bounded by Bowen Street and Whitmore Street in the north, Customhouse Quay, Jervois Quay and a line running continuous of Harris Street in the east, Lambton Harbour, Taranaki Street, Wakefield Street, Victoria Street, Bond Street, Willis Street, Boulcott Street, O'Reily Avenue, Allenby Terrace, The Terrace and Salamanca Road in the south, and Kelburn Park, Boulcott Street, Clifton Terrace, Aurora Terrace, Bolton Street and the Wellington Urban Motorway in the west.

Location of Wilton