Karangahape Road from the intersection with Pitt Street.
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Karangahape Road (commonly known as K' Road) is one of the main streets in the central business district (CBD) of Auckland, New Zealand. The massive expansion of motorways through the nearby inner city area - and subsequent flight of residents and retail into the suburbs from the 1960s onwards - turned it from one of Auckland's premier shopping streets into marginal area with the reputation of a red light district. Now considered to be one of the cultural centres of Auckland, since the 1980s-1990s it has been undergoing a slow process of gentrification, and is now known for off-beat cafes and boutique shops.
It runs west–east along a ridge at the southern edge of the Auckland CBD, perpendicular to Queen Street, the city's main street. At its intersection with Ponsonby Road in the west, Karangahape Road becomes Great North Road, at its eastern end it connects to Grafton Bridge.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Buildings and attractions
- 4 Media connections
- 5 In popular culture
- 6 In Film & Television
- 7 Famous Shops on K Road
- 8 Notable Residents
- 9 References
- 10 Further reading
- 11 External links
Karangahape is a word from the Maori language. Before Europeans appeared Auckland was occupied by several Maori Iwi each of whom apparently used the same name for the Karangahape Ridge but with slightly different meanings.
The original meaning and origin of the word as a street name is uncertain; there are several interpretations - ranging from "winding ridge of human activity" to "calling on Hape". Hape was a Māori chief (or mythical personage) of some importance living over on the Manukau Harbour in a place also called Karangahape. As the ridge was a walking route and was known as Te Ara o Karangahape - The Path of Karangahape - the name possibly indicates the route that was taken to visit him.
As it was a travel route used by the pre-European Māori, Karangahape Road is an older thoroughfare than Queen Street, which was only developed by Europeans in the 1840s. The land was part of the parcel of 3000 acres sold by local Māori sold to the government in 1841. The Karangahape ridge was the formal southern edge of Auckland City in the 19th century. In 1882 the ratepayers of Newton (along with Ponsonby and Grafton) voted to become part of Auckland City.
From about 1900 to the early 1960s K' Road was Auckland's busiest shopping street with a large range of clothing and shoe shops along with several department stores. Most retail chain stores had branches here, often in preference to Queen Street. During the interwar period most of Auckland's main shops selling furniture, musical instruments, radios and household appliances were located here.
In 1908 the gas street lighting was replaced with electric lamps. In 1935 the whole street was lit by electric lights under the shop awnings to create a "Community Lighting" project referred to as the "Great White Way". Activated by the Mayor Sir Ernest Davis this created a mile of lit-up shopping which added to the glamour of late night shopping. In 1948 the second set of traffic lights in Auckland (and the first lights to have pedestrian phases) were installed at the Pitt Street intersection. In 1949 the street lamps were fitted with the first fluorescent street lights in New Zealand.
The Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) had begun in 1911 as an informal gathering of business people in the area. It officially dates from 1924 when it was registered as the Karangahape Road Businessmen's Association. It's first president was Mathew James Bennett, who ran a Paint, Wallpaper and Interior Decorating Firm. Bennett was involved in a number of organisations including the Auckland Electric Power Board.
During the middle of the 20th century the Karangahape Road Area was a destination shopping centre, especially busy on late nights when family groups would travel in (often on public transport) and clog the pavements. A line was painted down the centre of the footpaths to regulate foot traffic and police were posted at the Pitt Street intersection to stop people being pushed out into the traffic. A typical late-night outing included seeing a Movie, shopping, a meal and promenading along the street window shopping and being seen. At this time the street had five Cinemas (The Avon, Vogue, Newton Palace, Playhouse and Tivoli) and probably as many Dance Halls (The Music Academy, Peter Pan Cabaret) including the Druid's Hall in Galatos Street which is still in operation as a music venue.
K Road was the location of many shops aimed at the beauty and fashion trade; fabric, clothing, shoes, accessories and many specialist hair and beauty salons (Kay's Beauty Salon, Winter's Hair Dressing, Miss Hubber, The Powder Puff Salon). There were several photographers studios located along the ridge since the late Victorian period (Ellerbeck, Andrews, Morton's, Partington, Tadema, Sarony, St John Biggs, Peter Pan Studios). As well as a collection of some fairly upmarket dress emporiums (Flacksons, LaGonda) and furriers, there were a number of establishments which specialised in bridal fashions and accessories (Tadema Studios was just one of the photographers which specialised in Wedding photography).
As shops were not open on Saturdays or Sundays before the 1980s, the inner city was rather quiet during the day on the weekends. Karangahape Road was an exception however. Most weddings take place on a Saturday and groups of women would loiter on K road outside the many Photographers studios to catch a glimpse of wedding parties as they arrived or departed from having their studio portraits taken. Sundays were a fairly major social event as well, up until the 1960s people attending church dressed up and the interest in what people, especially women, were wearing was fairly intense.
The Karangahape Road area was the location of several major churches; The Baptist Tabernacle, The Pitt St Methodist Church, St James' Wellington Street, Congregationalist, St Benedicts, The Church of Christ Scientist, The Church of Christ, The Church of the Epiphany, Church of Jesus, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Chinese Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army, Pacific Island Church, two Brethren Halls and after 1966, the main Synagogue. There was also the Higher Thought Temple, The Theosophical Society, The Foresters Hall, The Druids Hall, The Scots Hall, The Hibernian Society, The Irish Hall, three Freemasons Halls, several Trade Unions, the Maori Hall and the Old Folks Association. Any of these organizations were likely to be the location of a service, lecture or social event on any given day.
After 1965 K' Road lost most of its local customer base when construction of the inner-city motorway system resulted in over 50,000 people having to move out of the surrounding areas. The downturn in trade led to many shops closing and the relocating of businesses to other areas of Auckland. This accelerated the decline, and by the early 1970s the low rents in the western portion of the street meant it had acquired a rather seedy reputation as Auckland's red-light district although the Adult industry never accounted for more than 4 percent of the businesses in the area at anytime.
Since the early 1990s there has been a move away from this image largely due to newly constructed apartment blocks attracting residents back to the area, as well as a general gentrification of close-by areas like Ponsonby. Karangahape Road is probably the most notorious street in the country, as most people imagine it is lined with strip clubs, brothels and adult shops. The reality is different; despite the street's general reputation very few enterprises are connected with the adult industry, for example there are 150 shops along the main road, K Road, and only 8 of them are connected with the Sex industry. Interestingly this proportion of outre establishments to more ordinary businesses has remained fairly constant for almost 40 years.
K Road currently boasts an eclectic collection of shops, cafés and a nucleus of Dealer Art Galleries. Since the early 1990s it has developed as a focus for nightlife; its restaurants, bars and nightclubs make it a major part of Auckland's social scene. This is largely due to redevelopment of the Queen Street valley in the 1980s as increased rents made many nightclub venues relocate to the K Road ridge. Since the mid 1990s K Road has become a centre for much of Auckland's bohemian scene, with many venues for alternative music and fringe art as well as the LGBT community. It is also known for its trendy op shops, and Craft & Art Collectives.
In 2011 the Karangahape Road Overbridge had a $2.1 million upgrade as part of the Rugby World Cup Celebration. Designed by Opus Architecture and funded by Auckland Transport, it took 6 weeks to complete. Included in the design were three internally lit Perspex pylons which act as entry markers for the bridge designed by the renowned Tongan artist Filipe Tohi,
Buildings and attractions
Notable buildings and landmarks
Popular guided heritage walks are conducted on Karangahape Road. Notable buildings and sites include:
- Grafton Bridge, 1910. At the eastern end of Karangahape Road, a large concrete structure spanning Grafton Gully. When it was completed in 1910 it was the largest concrete single-span bridge in the world. Interestingly it's construction only required disturbing eight graves.
- Symonds Street Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Auckland and the first official burial ground. Here are located the graves of many of Auckland's early settlers including Captain William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand who died in 1842. The cemetery was officially closed in 1905 when it was handed over to the Auckland City Council as a park. When the motorway system was constructed in the mid 1960s, it required the moving of over 4100 bodies. These were reinterred in two memorial sites within the cemetery.
- Langham Hotel, 77-79 Symonds Street. At the corner of Karangahape Road and Symonds Street. This was a Sheraton Hotel before becoming part of the Langham chain. Partington's windmill stood on the site from 1850 to 1950. The windmill's demolition was controversial and led to laws for heritage protection and the formation of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
- Baptist Tabernacle, 1884, Edmund Bell architect. 429-431 Queen St. This brick and stucco structure was designed in the Imperial Roman style. Based upon the London Metropolitan Tabernacle located at the Elephant and Castle.
- Ironbank, 150-154 K Road: An award-winning modern (2009) mixed-used development lauded and criticised for looking like "rusting containers".
- Verona Buildings 165 K Road. A Neo-Greek style building from 1923 designed by Walter Arthur Cumming. This structure takes its name from the earlier wooden house which occupied this site - a two storied Kauri house built for a Doctor Holloway in 1884.
- St Kevin's Arcade, 1924, extended 1926, Walter Arthur Cumming architect. 183 K Road. A shopping arcade in the 1920s Neo-Greek style. It incorporates the K Road entrance to Myers Park. In the mid-19th century when Auckland was the capital of New Zealand, this was the site of the second Government House in Auckland, while the Old Government House, now part of the University of Auckland was being rebuilt after the 1848 fire. The arcade takes its name from that house, Saint Keven's, which occupied this site until 1922.
- Myers Park. On the slope of the Karangahape ridge facing north towards the Waitemata Harbour is a natural gully now the site of Myers Park, created by the efforts of, and named after Arthur Myers MP. This is, or rather was, the start of the Waihorotiu Stream also known as the "Queen Street River".
- Former Rendell's Department Store, 1904, extended 1911, William Alfred Holman architect. 184 K Road. Brick and stucco retail building in the late 19th century Italianate style. Holman was a relative of William Morris.
- Former George Court and Sons Department Store, 1924, Clinton Savage architect, based on Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. 238 K Road; Corner K Road and Mercury Lane. Proto-modern building showing the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and Otto Wagner. George Court opened his first department store on K Road in 1890.
- Mercury Theatre, 1910, Edward Bartley architect. 9 Mercury Lane. The oldest surviving theatre in Auckland. This English Baroque styled building was constructed in 1910 as the Kings Theatre for Sir Benjamin Fuller. When it was converted into a cinema in 1926 a new entrance on K Road was built (now the Norman Ng building). Between 1962 and 1990 this was the location of the Mercury Theatre Company. The street's name, France Street, was changed to Mercury Lane in the 1990s in memory of the Theatre Company. Currently owned by a church, it is occasionally used as a theatre.
- Naval & Family Hotel, 1897, Arthur Wilson architect. Corner of Pitt Street and K Road. An ornate three-story building with Italianate, English Baroque and Queen Anne influences. A veranda was added in the 1940s, the original building being designed without one, in common with many hotels of the colonial period, to discourage intoxicated men from loitering outside. It has an Historic Places Trust B classification, which protects the exterior. A Georgian-style hotel occupied the site from about 1862 until it burnt down in 1894.
- Pitt Street Buildings Queen Anne Style block of shops from 1904. Corner of Pitt St and K Road. Distinguished by several gables, this building is regarded as a symbol of the area.
- Pitt Street Methodist Church 78 Pitt Street. 1866 Gothic structure by local architect Philip Herapath with sculptural figures and details by Anton Teutonberg, the first European sculptor in New Zealand.
- Wesley Bicentennial Hall 78 Pitt Street. 1940 building By Daniel B Patterson in a mixture of Gothic and Art-Deco styles.
- Central Fire Station - 58 Pitt Street. 1902 Queen Anne style building designed by Goldsboro & Wade architects.
- 1912 Fire Station - One Beresford Square. Designed by Goldsboro & Wade architects. Extension to the earlier 1902 structure.
- Former Beresford Street Congragational Church - 19 Beresford Square. 1875 Neo-Greek Style building by Philip Herapath. Possibly the second oldest concrete structure in the country. Now called Hopetoun Alpha.
- Norman Ng Building - 256 Karangahape Road. 1926 entrance to the Prince Edward Picture Theatre (previously the King's Theatre) designed by Daniel B Patterson. After the cinema closed in 1959 this building was sold off and purchased by Norman Ng who ran a Fruit & Vegetable Shop here. A popular café called Brazil was located here for almost two decades from the early 1990s, a succession of cafes has succeeded it. The renovated interior boasts many original Art-Deco features.
- Former Newton Palace Picture Theatre - 251-253 Karangahape road. Built as a Foresters Hall around 1900 this was turned into a cinema around 1913. It was the last picture theatre in Auckland to screen silent films before closing around 1931 and becoming a dance hall. The first female City Councilor, Ellen Meville made speeches here.
- Samoa House - 283 Karangahape Road. Modernist building by JASMAD architects (now JASMAX) Location of the Samoan Consulate. Includes the first Fale built outside of Samoa.
- Newton Post Office - 292-300 Karangahape Road. 1973 modernist building by the firm of Mark-Brown, Fairhead and Sang for the Ministry of Works. The Bronze bas-relief on the main facade by Guy Ngan.
- The Las Vegas Girl - 335 Karangahape Road. The most obvious example of the K Rd's reputation as a red-light district of the 1960s-90s. The large sign of a nude woman conceals a building from about 1900, built as Frederick Prime's Hardware Store.
- Former Newton Hotel - 382 Karangahape Road. This building probably dates from around 1866 making it the oldest building in the area. Due to changes in the licensing laws it ceased to be a Pub in 1909 and was used as retail shops until it became a Café/bar called Kamo in the early 1990s.
- the "Chaise Lange" - 461 Karangahape Road. Sculptural seat by well known New Zealand Ceramic artist Peter Lange.
- Purchas Block - 444-472 Karangahape Road. Designed by Edward Bartley and built in 1884 for Dr Purchas. Expensive English red brick and Oamaru Stone detailing is used on the facades. The bronze shop window frames and Mintons tile shop fronts date from the 1930s.
- Maori Hall - 5 Edinburgh Street. 1909 Foresters Hall turned into a Maori community facility in 1931.
- Old Folks Coronation Hall - 8 Gundry Street. Community Hall designed by Henry Kulka in 1953, partially funded with money to celebrate the Queen's Coronation. Opened by Sir William Jordan. The Auckland Old Folks Association was founded in 1945 and still operates the Hall as a community facility.
Karangahape Road was the location of two of the earliest Radio Stations in the country; In 1923 Charles Pearson obtained a license for the first Radio Station in Auckland. Initially called 1YB this station was renamed 1ZB in 1931. It's frequency was 1090AM. Pearson's morning announcer was a young woman called Maud Basham who later became famous as Aunt Daisy.
The First Broadcasting House in Auckland: The Radio Broadcasting Company of New Zealand existed from 1925 to 1931 and it's Auckland Station was located in France Street with large radio antennae on top of the George Courts building. This commercial Radio Station's Call Sign was 1YA: frequency 910AM; in the 1930s it was absorbed into the Government Broadcasting System as part of National Radio.
K Road has recently re-emerged as a film and audio visual precinct. It has six independent film-makers, three screening venues, two radio stations (K FM Radio and Boosh.FM) and New Zealand's only television arts channel. It was also the home of now defunct independent television station Alt TV.
The offices of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) are located at 1 Beresford Square.
In popular culture
The song "Verona" by New Zealand rock band Elemeno P, from their album Love & Disrespect, refers to the cafe/restaurant/bar of the same name at 169 Karangahape Road. The current Verona building dates from 1923 and gets its name from the Victorian house that previously occupied the site, Mrs Bishop's "Verona" Boarding House.
Geddes Dental Renovations was a Dental firm located in the K Road area on Queen Street. The company's radio jingle (broadcast from 1949 until the early 1980s) became a defining part of Auckland's culture; it was said it was possible to ascertain the presence of Aucklanders anywhere in the world by singing the Geddes' irritating song.
Sung to the tune 'My Darling Clementine'
Broke my denture, broke my denture. Woe is me, what should I Do?
Take it in to Mr. Geddes', and he'll fix them just like NEW.
What's the address, what's the address? Tell me please, oh tell me DO!
Top of Queen Street, by the corner, and the number's Four - Nine - TWO.
Arguably New Zealand's most famous commercials even though it hasn't been broadcast since the early 1980s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4G_Ne8YjR0
In Film & Television
- 1987 Walkshort: a short film directed by Bill Toepfer featuring Harry Sinclair and Don McGlashan
- 1987 Jewel’s Darl: a short film by Peter Wells starring Georgina Beyer, one of the scenes takes place on K Road.
- 1995 TV interview by Mark Staufer of Jordan Luck as his band The Exponents plays on a roof top on K Road to promote a new album and tour.
- 1998 “I Can Change” by Trip to the Moon: Music Video showing several scene on K Road. A collaboration between Tom Ludvigson and Trevor Reekie with Bobbylon of the Hallelujah Picassos on vocals.
- 1999 Ode to K' Rd Music Video by "Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist" - filmed entirely on K Road.
- 2004 1Nite Full length feature film by Amarbir Singh - centring largely around K Road.
- 2005 The song "Verona" by New Zealand rock band Elemeno P, from their album Love & Disrespect
- 2006 Sione's Wedding: The Wedding scene is filmed in the Pacific Island Church in Edinburgh Street
- 2012 Sione's 2: Unfinished Business: several outdoor scenes were shot on K Road.
Famous Shops on K Road
A surprising number of nationally known shops and brand names started on Karangahape Road or had a branch there.
Victorian to First War
- Partington's Victoria Flour Mill and Steam Biscuit Manufactury. 1850-1942.
- Lewis Eady 19 (now 75) K Road. Piano importer - Founded in the 1860s, still one of the biggest musical instrument stores but no longer on K Road.
- Wendals Wine Bar - 128 (now 290) Karangahape Road. First Wine bar in New Zealand (1876). Now Defunct.
- Rendells - 62 (now 184) K Road. Clothing Store founded in 1884 at 42 Pitt St (cnr Grey St). First specialist Babywear shop in NZ. Closed 2006.
- M.J.Bennett Ltd. 253-255 (now 529) K Road. The city's premier Paint shop and interior decorating firm operated by Mathew James Bennett and his wife.
- J. Morris Ltd. 37-41 (now 145) K Road. Housewares Store which organized the first Auckland Christmas Parade in 1912.
- George Court & Sons - Major Department Store 1900-1985 founded in 1900 on K road - Closed mid 1980s.
- Hallenstein Brothers. still a major retailer of menswear - left K Road in the late 1980s.
- Bradstreets - 102-106 (now 258-264) K Road. Men's Drapery shop from 1900, became Hugh Wrights in 1931, which closed in 2011.
- Hannahs- Major retailer of shoes, located on K Road from 1913 until the 1990s.
- Buchanans - 42 (now 154) K Road. A famous confectioner from the 1890s, now Buchanan's Bread, no longer on K Road.
- Stormonts - 20 (now 98) K Road. Bread manufacturer from 1900. No longer on K Road (now absorbed into Tip-Top Bread).
- Wrights Confectionery Factory - 166 (now 358) K Road. George Wright was arguably the best confectioner in the city around the time of the First War.
- The Bon Marche - 146 (now 326) K Road. NZ's biggest Millinery Emporium (over a million hats in stock) Founded in 1904 by Frenchman Joseph Zarhara- closed 1932.
- Pascoes - 64 (now 202) K Road. Flagship Store of the Jewellery Chain, now grown into a major retailing empire - no longer on K road.
- Miss Carney - 21 (now 75) K Road. Auckland's most fashionable florist. 1910s to 1940s.
- The King's Theatre - France Street (now Mercury Lane). Opened in 1910 and converted into a cinema in 1926. Now the Mercury Theatre.
- The Tivoli Theatre - 9-11 (now 42) K Road. Opened in 1913 and demolished in 1980.
- Stevens - China and Gift shop, now a large chain of stores - started on K road in the 1920s no longer on K road.
- Levenes - Paint & Wallpaper. 174-178 K Road. Started on K Road in the 1930s, no longer located there.
- Winters Hairdressing - Famous salon from 1920s, no longer on K road.
- Flacksons - Ladies outfitters and Beauty Salon from the 1920s. Closed in the 1970s.
- Kay's Beauty Salon - one of Auckland's best - relocated in the 1970s.
- Colefax Menswear - An establishment which retained the aura of the 1950s until it closed in the first years of the 21st century.
- The Maple Furnishing Company (later to become Smith & Brown & Maple) Closed in the 1970s.
- Selfridges (NZ) Ltd. 1930s-1950s. Woolworths-like emporium - part of a nationwide chain. No connection with the London emporium.
- J.R.McKenzies. 1950s-1970s - Woolworths-like emporium - part of a nationwide chain.
- Woolworths. Part of a nationwide chain. Closed in the 1990s.
- Whitcoulls. Nationwide chain of bookshops.
- Leo O'Malley's - Menswear store - oldest store on K Road - it has been on its current site since 1935.
- The Pearl Fish Shop - Decorated with fabulous painted glass panels - now closed
- The White Fish Shop - 514 Karangahape Road - Decorated with fabulous painted glass panels - now closed.
- Adams Bruce - 177 K Road. Famous bakery from 1929. Owned by Ernest Adams and Hugh Bruce. No longer on K road.
- Dominion Wine Bar - 177 K Road. Opened in the 1930s, once the only Wine Bar in the Auckland Province. Closed in the 1980s.
- The Vogue Picture Theatre - 344 K Rd. Opened in 1924 possibly using a Vaudeville Theatre from 1911. Now a nightclub.
Post Second World War
- Geddes Dental Renovations (1945)- 492 Queen Street, Cnr City Rd - famous radio commercial. Sold to Guardian Dental in 2002.
- Peter Pan Ballroom & Cabaret - One of Auckland's main nightclubs from the 1940s to the 70s.
- Para Rubber - 344 K Road. Occupied the former Vogue Cinema. Now defunct.
- LaGonda - 207 K Road. 1950s Ladies Fashion Store - flagship of a chain of over 50 shops throughout NZ owned by the Gonda family of Parnell. Closed in the 1980s.
- Davis' Furnishers - Important furniture shop - Moved from 59 Pitt Street in the 1990s.
- Beggs Menswear - Originally at 61 Pitt Street -still flourishing at 55 Pitt Street.
- Hi Diddle Griddle - 507 K Road. Now closed; One of Auckland's most famous restaurants in the 1950s. Owned by Jim Jennings, run by Otto Goren.
- Las Vegas Strip Club - Oldest such establishment in NZ - opened in 1965 and still operating.
- Pink Pussy Cat Strip Club - 510 K Road. Owned by Rainton Hastie. Closed in 2001, now an Art Gallery.
- David Flame Fashions - Scadalous Scanties - 504 K Road. The only Erotic lingerie shop in the 1970s. Owned by David Flame, closed 1980s.
- The Naughty Knickers Coffee Bar - Upstairs from David Flame Fashions.
- The Floriana Pizza Bar - Delicatessen and Pizzeria in Pitt Street. Closed in the 1980s.
- DTR - Dominion Television Rentals - moved from 65 Pitt Street in the 1980s.
- Barker & Pollack. Wellington Drapery firm founded in the 1860s. Closed its K Road branch around 2000.
- Modern Bags - Located on K Road from the 1960s until the 1990s.
- The Auckland Doll Hospital - Toy Shop and Specialist repair service. Moved to Henderson in the 1970s.
- The New Wine Bar - 177 K Road. Formerly the Dominion Wine Bar, the new business retained the murals by James Turkington. Now closed.
- The Polynesian Ballroom. 251 K Road. Formerly the Newton Picture Palace. 1940s to the 1980s.
- Norman Ng's Fruit Shop - 256 K Road - Formerly the Cinema entrance. Known as the only fruit shop with a marble floor. 1960-1994.
- The Mercury Theatre. France Street. Important live theatre operated by the Mercury Theatre Group. 1968-1991.
- The KG club, Auckland’s first Lesbian Nightclub relocates from Beach road to the corner of K’Rd & Hereford Street in 1978.
- Verona - Bohemian Café - 165 Karangahape Road. Still flourishing.
- Real Groovy Records- started in the K road area at 492 Queen Street - still flourishing in the K Road area at 438 Queen Street.
- The Sheraton Hotel - Opened in 1982 on Symonds Street - since 2005 the Langham Hotel, Auckland
- Stage Artware - Ceramic studio specialising in hand-painted modernist china - moved from 90 Kroad in the 1990s.
- St Kevin's Arcade 2nd Hand Bookshop. 183 Karangahape Road.
- Chaplin's - First Gay Nightclub on Kroad - 119 K Road. circa 1988.
- DTM (Don't Tell Mama) - 340 K Road. opened around 1991 - later became Staircase III. Now Studio.
- Legends - Arguably Auckland's most famous Gay Bar in the 90s - 335 K Road. Opened 1991 and closed late 1990s.
- Calibre - Nightclub in St Keven's Basement in the 1990s, now Whammy Bar. 183 Karangahape Road.
- Brazil - 256 K Rd. Formerly Norman Ng's Fruit Shop - One of Auckland's most famous Coffee Houses from the 1990s - closed around 2006.
- Alleyuha - Café in St Kevins Arcade. Still flourishing. 183 Karangahape Road.
- Vada Hairdressing - Award winning salon at 59 Pitt Street.
- Dick Smith - One of the oldest stores of the chain in the country.
- David Nathan (1816–1883) - merchant and Jewish community leader.
- Sir George Grey (1812-1898) - Premier of New Zealand, MP for Auckland West, twice Governor of NZ.
- Lady Eliza Lucy Grey (1823-1898) wife of George Grey.
- Rev John Kinder (1819–1903) - Anglican Clergyman, headmaster, Watercolourist and pioneer photographer.
- General Sir Duncan Cameron GCB (1808-1888) - Commander of the British Imperial Forces in New Zealand.
- Major General Sir George Dean Pitt (1772–1851) - Lieutenant-Governor of New Ulster Province. Residence in Pitt Street.
- Charles Partington - Windmill Owner and Health Food enthusiast. Residence on City Road.
- Lewis Eady - Piano Importer and Retailer. Residence on Liverpool Street.
- Samuel Vaile - Founder of the Real Estate Company. Residence on K Road opposite Cobden Street - demolished in the 1960s.
- Baron Charles de Thierry (1793–1864) - Adventurer who attempted to establish his own sovereign state in New Zealand before British annexation. He spent his last years as a music teacher - residence on Symonds Street near City Road.
- Philip Herapath - died 1892 aged 70. Architect, lived in Day Street.
- Sarah Dingwall - died 6 Dec 1943 aged 96. Spinster, lived on Day Street. Sarah and her brother David Dingwall left money for Children's Homes.
- Rev Dr Arthur Guyon Purchas (1821–1906). Anglican Clergyman, surgeon, musician. Residence on Pitt Street.
- Israel Wendel - First proprietor of a Wine Bar in New Zealand (1876). Residence and Vineyard on City Road.
- Madame Valentine - The most notorious Madame in 19th century Auckland - Brothel in Waverley Street.
- Robert De Montalk - Architect - father of poet Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk - house demolished 1970.
- David Goldie (1842–1926) Mayor of Auckland - Kauri timber merchant. Residence on Pitt Street demolished in the 1970s.
- Charles Goldie (1870–1947) - Noted New Zealand Portrait painter, son of David Goldie - house demolished in the 1970s.
- Arthur Mielziner Myers (1868-1926) - Mayor of Auckland (1905-1909) and MP for Auckland (knighted 1924)- Residence on Symonds Street, near St Martin's Lane - demolished in the 1990s.
- Emily Keeling (1869-1886) - Shot and killed on her way to Church by Edward Fuller who then killed himself. Her funeral was attended by seven thousand people. Buried in the Symonds Street Cemetery with her parents. (House in brisbane Street demolished for Motorway)
- Dennis Gunn ( - 1920) - First person convicted using fingerprints. Lived in Somerset Place, off Howe St (rebuilt as pensioner housing)
- Joseph Partington - 1851 - 1941 - Windmill Owner, son of Charles. Residence on City Road.
- Colin McCahon (1919-1987) - Renowned New Zealand Painter - lived in Newton Gully in the 1950s (house removed to Freeman's Bay)
- Bob Harvey (1940 - ) - Mayor of Waitakere - grew up in Newton Gully in the 1950s (house removed for Motorway)
- John Banks (1946 - ) - Mayor of Auckland - from 15-17 lived at 48 East Street (removed for Motorway)
- Ahmed Zaoui ( ) - Refugee - Resided in the Dominican Priory in St Benedicts Street from 2004 -2007
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