Looking west over Takapuna.
Location of Takapuna.
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Takapuna is a central, coastal suburb of North Shore City, located in the northern North Island of New Zealand, at the beginning of a south-east-facing peninsula forming the northern side of the Waitemata Harbour. While very small in terms of population, it was the seat of the North Shore City Council before the amalgamation of Auckland in 2010 and contains substantial shopping and entertainment areas, being considered the CBD of North Shore City.
The population of the census area of "Takapuna Central" was 2,811 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 291 from 2001. The census area does not include some streets to the west of the CBD which are often considered as part of Takapuna.
Takapuna is located on the isthmus of a peninsula which extends south into the northern waters of the Waitemata at the harbour's eastern end. As such, the suburb has a coastline on Shoal Bay, an arm of the Waitemata to the southwest, as well as having a coast on the Hauraki Gulf to the northeast. The northern end of the suburb is dominated by the large volcanic crater of Lake Pupuke. Some points in Takapuna are less than 500 metres from all three of these bodies of water. The Hauraki coastline includes a kilometer long crescent shaped beach (Takapuna Beach) which is a popular recreation area for the local area.
To the southeast of Takapuna lies the six-kilometre-long peninsula which contains the suburbs of Belmont and Devonport. To the west lie the suburbs of Hillcrest and Northcote. The suburb of Milford lies to the north, on the far shore of Lake Pupuke.
The earliest subdivisions of farmland for suburban development were the "Hurstmere" estate in 1886 and the "Pupuke" Estate in 1889. The Takapuna and Milford Beach areas, as well as the land surrounding Lake Pupuke soon became popular spots for wealthy businessmen building summer homes to entertain in a rural surrounding, and eventually, many moved here permanently, commuting to work in Auckland via ferry.
The Lake Hotel at Takapuna was built on the shores of Lake Pupuke in 1887 to the design of R.J. Roberts. It was an elegant two storied structure with many verandahs and an octagonal turret. Although its owner, Edwin Harrow, envisaged it as a family hotel and marine pension, it also possessed a licence to sell liquor. Following the destruction by fire in the early years of the 20th century, this licence was transferred to a boarding house in nearby Takapuna Beach, the Mon Desir. This establishment was one of Auckland's most popular and notorious places of resort during the 20th century until it was recently redeveloped as apartments.
A local history archive is maintained by the New Zealand Collection of Takapuna Public Library. It includes an index of the local newspapers, archives, photographs, oral histories, and historical material relating to Takapuna.
Takapuna is increasingly losing its office developments to other areas of greater Auckland such as Albany, Smales Farm or Auckland CBD. In turn, residential development in the area has increased, especially for more up-market residential apartments (such as in the Sentinel), often marketed with the cultural opportunities and beach lifestyle considered typical of Takapuna. Takapuna's residential population is expected to double to around 8,000 in the next 15 years, but will also increase in age.
The Takapuna Beach area is the nightlife hub and boutique shopping centre of the North Shore, having more than 60 bars, restaurants, and cafes and over 400 retail shops. The most recent addition to the cultural life of the Takapuna Beach area is the Bruce Mason Centre, a performing arts complex named in memory of a local writer. Bruce Mason's most famous play, The End of the Golden Weather, is set in Takapuna. Shania Twain's 2003 music video for When You Kiss Me was also shot in Takapuna.
Having been hit hard by recession in the late 2000s, which forced the closure of over 40 retail businesses in the area, the Takapuna centre is trying to establish itself as a fashionable upmarket shopping destination, and in one month of 2009 alone saw the opening of 19 new retail outlets, most in a new department store.
Rosmini College is a boys' secondary (years 7-13) school with a roll of 978. St Joseph's School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 341. They are state integrated Catholic schools located adjacent to each other. Rosmini College was founded in 1962, and St Joseph's in 1894.
Takapuna Normal Intermediate is a coeducational intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 625. It was established in 1970. Takapuna School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 268. It celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2004. All these schools have a decile rating of 9.
- Quickstats about Takapuna Central
- Anderson, Louise (January 2002). "Takapuna - Milford Walk" (PDF). North Shore: North Shore City. p. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Takapuna-Milford Walk (PDF) (from the North Shore Libraries website)
- Local History (from the North Shore Libraries website)
- Thompson, Wayne (29 May 2007). "Beds replace desks in Takapuna towers". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- Takapuna Beach (website of the local business association)
- Thompson, Wayne (13 November 2009). "Retail precinct goes upmarket to beat recession". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Rosmini College
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: St Joseph's School
- "International Students". Rosmini College. Retrieved 2009-02-21.[dead link]
- "About Us". St Joseph's School. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Takapuna Normal Intermediate
- "Case study of ARB use at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School". Retrieved 2009-02-21.
- Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Takapuna School
- "Takapuna Primary School 125th Jubilee". Education Gazette New Zealand 83 (18). 4 October 2004.
- Takapuna Beach (website of the local business association)
- Hurstmere Road (website of the local business association)