Churton Park

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Churton Park
Churton Park is located in New Zealand
Churton Park
Churton Park
Churton Park is located in New Zealand Wellington
Churton Park
Churton Park
Coordinates: 41°12′30″S 174°48′29″E / 41.208355°S 174.80819°E / -41.208355; 174.80819Coordinates: 41°12′30″S 174°48′29″E / 41.208355°S 174.80819°E / -41.208355; 174.80819
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityWellington City
Electoral wardNorthern Ward
Population
 (2006)[1]
 • Total5,862
NorthTawa
EastGrenada Village
SouthJohnsonville
WestOhariu

Churton Park is a suburb 1.5 km north of Johnsonville in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. It was established in the 1970s, and as of 2009 had a population of 6,260.[2] In the 2013 census, the population of Churton Park and the adjacent community of Glenside was 6528, with 2349 dwellings. The suburb includes over 2300 households, Churton Park Reserve which includes a recreational sports field, two primary schools and a kindergarten. The Churton Park Community Centre, which is managed and staffed by Wellington City Council, is also located in the Village.

History[edit]

Churton Park is one of the youngest suburbs in Wellington and was farmland until 1970.[3] In the 1850s Thomas Drake was running 200 sheep in what is now Churton Park.[4]

The suburb was developed by "John Dick Walker" (1926-1981).[5]

The area of Churton Park near current Lakewood Avenue was originally a swamp[3] and has been recently developed into residential housing and a commercial shopping centre.[6] Since being established, it is one of the fasted growing subdivisions in Wellington, with the population expected to grow to over 12,000 over the next two decades.[7]

Geography[edit]

The topography is quite hilly and has regenerating bush in some areas that has not been excavated for housing sub-divisions. Steep hills extend west over to Ohariu Valley. Extensive cut and fill earthworks have been required in the construction of the subdivisions for housing.

Weather[edit]

The micro-climate is only slightly different from that of Johnsonville, but is warmer and less windy than Wellington due to being sheltered from the southerly winds that come from the Cook Strait. It rarely snows, but during winter 2011 snowfalls briefly shut down buses and closed roads, causing some students and workers to stay home for a few days.

Semi panoramic image from the surrounding hills of Churton Park

Education[edit]

School enrollment zones[edit]

Churton Park is within the enrollment zones for Onslow College, Newlands College, St Oran's College, Raroa Normal Intermediate Amesbury School, and Churton Park School.[8]

Primary schools[edit]

Churton Park has two state primary schools that cater for pupils up to Year 6. Churton Park School on Churton Drive is an established school, and the roll has rapidly increased over the years. To accommodate these increases, there were many renovations to the buildings between 1997 and 2007. In 2006, to help manage roll growth, the School Board proposed an amendment to the zoning policy/area. This was heatedly debated in the community as the proposal would have removed several long-standing streets from the Zone. The associated community concern, protest action and lobbying by the Campaign for Local Schooling and parent feedback resulted in the announcement by the Ministry of Education in 2007 that a new, larger, school site would be developed in the area.[9] On 17 March 2009, Minister of Education Anne Tolley announced that a second primary school would be built in the area instead.[10]

Amesbury School on Amesbury Drive opened at the start of 2012. It has over 80 pupils and is growing. The Amesbury Hall at the school was opened in May by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. The construction of the hall was funded in part by the proceeds from the sale of part of the school site (which was held as a Reserve) by WCC to the Ministry of Education. The Amesbury Hall is available for community use.

Preschool[edit]

There is a little school on Melksham Drive off Westchester Drive and a kindergarten next to Churton Park School.

Mining[edit]

There are historic gold mining shafts in the area. Tawa Flats All Luck Gold Mining Company shafts of 1881 included one now buried beneath Erlestoke Crescent.[11][12]

Public Transport[edit]

The suburb consists of two routes operated by Tranzurban. The Route 1 connects Churton Park to Johnsonville, the city centre, Newtown and Island Bay. The Route 19 acts as a Johnsonville loop, and has an extension service to the CBD during peak times.A separate service along Middleton Road connects Johnsonville to Tawa and Porirua.

A 2017 report said that a proposed commuter railway station near Churton Park on the Kapiti Line (and actually in Glenside) was too expensive.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Churton Park introduction and key statistics". Wellington City Council.
  2. ^ Burgess, Dave (9 June 2009). "New school for 'forgotten suburb'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b Romanos, Joseph (5 April 2013). "The heart of Churton Park". The Wellingtonian. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. ^ *Bremner, Julie (1983). Wellington’s Northern Suburbs 1840-1918. Wellington: Millwood Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-908582-59-5.
  5. ^ Memorial plaque at lower entrance to John Walker Park.
  6. ^ "Churton Park Village".
  7. ^ "Churton Park directory".
  8. ^ "eLearning Schools Search".
  9. ^ "New School for Churton Park".
  10. ^ "Media Statement from Minister of Education".
  11. ^ "Glenside community".
  12. ^ "Wellington's Outer Green Belt Management Plan – April 2004, Wellington City Council" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Railway station unlikely for Wellington's Churton Park". Papers Past (New Zealand). 16 June 2017.

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