Berhampore, New Zealand
|Local authority||on City|
|Electoral ward||Southern Ward|
|Population||2,595 (2006 )|
Berhampore is a suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It lies towards the south of the city, seven kilometres from the city centre, and two kilometres from the coast of Cook Strait. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Vogeltown, Newtown, Melrose, Island Bay, Kingston, and Mornington. The suburb was named after Berhampore in Bengal, one of the battlefields at the start of the Battle of Plassey of 1757. Also surrounding Berhampore is the Berhampore Golf Course and also a very extensive Green Belt - with many various walkways and tracks connecting outlying areas.
Being located between the larger suburbs of Newtown and Island Bay can leave those passing through Berhampore, on busy Adelaide Road, with the impression of a few small dairies, takeaways and a fortified gang headquarters. Residents of Berhampore are both ethnically and socio-economically diverse and contribute to the atmosphere of their surrounding communities. Recent traffic calming by Wellington City Council in Adelaide Road and Luxford Street has helped create a more defined sense of community in Berhampore. Recently in New Zealand's 'Sunday Star Times' Berhampore was considered to be one of the top three places for property investment in New Zealand.
The housing stock in Berhampore is a mix of mostly lower to middle value properties, with examples of most building styles and types seen in New Zealand since European settlement. The Centennial Flats (also known as the Berhampore State Flats, located at 493–507 Adelaide Road, are a fine example of the international style of architecture. They were designed by F. Gordon Wilson, chief architect at the Department of Housing Construction, and completed in 1938–39.