Cockle Bay, New Zealand

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Cockle Bay
Cockle Bay is located in New Zealand
Cockle Bay
Cockle Bay
Coordinates: 36°53′58″S 174°56′56″E / 36.89944°S 174.94889°E / -36.89944; 174.94889Coordinates: 36°53′58″S 174°56′56″E / 36.89944°S 174.94889°E / -36.89944; 174.94889
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland City
Electoral wardHowick
 • Total4,779
Mellons Bay (Hauraki Gulf) (Hauraki Gulf)
Howick Central
Cockle Bay
(Hauraki Gulf)
Somerville Shelly Park (Hauraki Gulf)

Cockle Bay is an eastern suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. According to the 2006 census, Cockle Bay has a population of 4,779. The suburb is in the Howick ward, one of the 13 administrative divisions of Auckland city and currently under governance of the Auckland Council. The high school of the area is Howick College, a decile 8 school of the Howick area. The primary schools of the area are Cockle Bay School and Shelly Park Primary School.


Tuwakamana is original name for Cockle Bay, it is an abbreviated form of Te Tauranga Waka a Manawatere (the landing place of Manawatere). Both the headland Pā and the beach below carry the name Tuwakamana. The Pā and its associated cultivations were settled by Manawatere’s Ngāi Tai followers, upon their arrival in the area soon after him aboard the Tainui Waka. Over time later generations constructed the fortifications of the Pā around the 1600s.

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