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Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Manukau
Local board Otara-Papatoetoe
Board subdivision Papatoetoe
North Papatoetoe
Northeast Clover Park
East Goodwood Heights
Southeast Totara Heights
South Manurewa
Southwest Wiri
West Puhinui
Northwest Papatoetoe

Manukau /ˈmɑːnʉˌk/[1][2] is a metropolitan centre of Auckland, New Zealand. The suburb is located 23 kilometres south of Auckland CBD, and is in the Manukau ward, one of the thirteen electoral divisions of the Auckland Council.

The name Manukau, from the Manukau Harbour west of the city, is of Māori origin, and means 'wading birds',[citation needed] although it has been suggested that the name of the harbour was also sometimes rendered as Mānuka, meaning a marker post with which an early chief is said to have claimed the area.[3]

Manukau was governed by the Manukau City Council until November 2010, when the entire Auckland region was amalgamated into a single Auckland council. The area still has a strong economic central business district, known as Manukau city centre, but is no longer an independent city. The area is now governed by the Auckland Council. The area immediately to the south of the Otahuhu isthmus, as far east as Maraetai and Kawakawa Bay including Howick and Clevedon, and as far south as Manurewa, was previously known as Manukau City, however it should not be confused with the suburb of Manukau. All former suburbs of Manukau City are now governed by the Auckland Council.

South Auckland Research Center[edit]

Those who are interested in the materials relating to Manukau's heritage and culture can visit the South Auckland Research Center, which houses heritage collections. Through Manukau's History, which is accessible through the legacy Manukau City Libraries website, now amalgamated as part of the Auckland Libraries website, one may also view digitized heritage materials.

Sport and recreation[edit]

The Manukau Magpies rugby league club has been based in Manukau since 1910.


  1. ^ "Manukau - definition of Manukau by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia". The Free Dictionary. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Define Manukau at". Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Manukau - Naming the harbour (from Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Accessed 2008-06-22.)

Coordinates: 36°59′S 174°53′E / 36.983°S 174.883°E / -36.983; 174.883