Wakefield, New Zealand

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Wakefield is located in New Zealand
Wakefield
Wakefield
Wakefield, New Zealand

The small New Zealand community of Wakefield is situated some 25 km south west of Nelson at the top of the South Island.

First settled in about 1843, it was originally called Pitfure. However the name was soon changed to Wakefield. This name was after the town of Wakefield in Yorkshire, and not, as many assume, after Captain Arthur Wakefield who led the expedition that first established Nelson City and Province.

St John's Church

Wakefield is notable for Wakefield Primary School, the oldest school in continuous usage in New Zealand. It was set up in 1843 by Mary Ann Baigent, the wife of Edward Baigent.[1] St John's Church in 120 Edward Street, built in 1846, is New Zealand's second oldest surviving church. It is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I heritage structure, with registration number 40.[2]

Wakefield comes under the responsibility of the Tasman District Council, which has its offices in the nearby town of Richmond. It is part of the West-Coast Tasman General Electorate.

There is a small paper called the Wakefield Village News published monthly and distributed to the community.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our School". Wakefield School. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "St John's Church (Anglican)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  • McAloon, J. (1997). Nelson, A Regional History, Cape Catley.

Coordinates: 41°24′S 173°03′E / 41.400°S 173.050°E / -41.400; 173.050