Te Atatu South
|Te Atuta South|
|North||Te Atatu Peninsula|
Te Atatu in Maori means "the dawn".
The suburb was a relatively rural area until the 1950s when the first stages of the Northwestern motorway (State Highway 16) were opened along the coast of the Waitemata. This encouraged suburban settlements to the west of Auckland, and Te Atatu South grew rapidly as a result.
Primary schools in this area include Flanshaw Road School, Tirimoana Primary, Freyberg Community School and Edmonton Primary School. The area has one Intermediate school, Rangeview Intermediate. The local State secondary school that services the area is Rutherford High School which is just north of the boundary between the suburb and Te Atatu Peninsula. Many residents also attend Henderson High School, Liston College, St Dominic's College and some commute to St Peter's College.
It has one small centre, the Edmonton Town Centre where Edmonton Road and Te Atatu Road intersect.
Te Atatu Road: acts as the main road that runs through the whole suburb.
State Highway 16: at the northern tip of the suburb acts as the links to the city and to the north.
Edmonton Road: a road that acts as the main link to Henderson.
McLeod Road: a main road linking the southern part of the suburb to Henderson.
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