Glendowie, New Zealand

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CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardŌrākei Ward
 • Total8,832
Saint Heliers (Hauraki Gulf)
(Tamaki River)
Glen Innes Wai o Taiki Bay

Glendowie is a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. It is under the local governance of Auckland Council. It was formerly under Auckland City Council from 1989 until the merger of all of Auckland's councils into the 'super city' in 2010.


Glendowie is located on the north-eastern extent of the Auckland isthmus. Its northern and eastern boundaries are defined by the Waitematā Harbour and the Tamaki Estuary.

The suburbs exhibit an affluent suburban residential character.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [1]
Roberta Reserve in Glendowie

Glendowie, comprising the statistical areas of Glendowie North and Glendowie South, had a population of 8,832 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 381 people (4.5%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 861 people (10.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,877 households. There were 4,359 males and 4,476 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female, with 1,932 people (21.9%) aged under 15 years, 1,515 (17.2%) aged 15 to 29, 3,987 (45.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,398 (15.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 81.0% European/Pākehā, 4.8% Māori, 3.7% Pacific peoples, 15.0% Asian, and 3.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 36.2%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 44.6% had no religion, 44.4% were Christian, and 5.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,886 (41.8%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 576 (8.3%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,324 (48.2%) people were employed full-time, 1,149 (16.7%) were part-time, and 204 (3.0%) were unemployed.[1]


The suburb was established in the 1920s, when George Riddell created a loop road through the area.[2] It takes its name from one of the much earlier Taylor Brothers' farm estates, Glen Dowie, owned by Richard James Taylor. Two of his brothers also had farms in this area and built houses; Charles John Taylor at Glen Orchard (now St. Heliers), and William Innes Taylor at Glen Innes (gave its name to the suburb Glen Innes).[3] Their brother Allen Kerr Taylor lived near Mount Albert in a house called Alberton.[4]


Glendowie College is a secondary school (years 9-13) with a roll of 1261.[5]

Glendowie School, Churchill Park School, and Glen Taylor School are full primary schools (years 1-8) with rolls of 600, 429 and 241 students, respectively.[6][7][8]

Sacred Heart College is a state-integrated Catholic boys' school (years 7-13) with a roll of 1306.[9]

All these schools apart from Sacred Heart are coeducational. Rolls are as of March 2020.[10]

Sports Clubs[edit]

Glendowie has a tennis club, bowls club, and taekwondo club, all located adjacent to Churchill Park. The Eastern Suburbs soccer club and Bayside Westhaven baseball clubs hold matches at Crossfield Reserve.

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Delving into The Past Of Auckland's Eastern Suburbs; Section 6, St.Heliers, Elizabeth T. Jackson


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Glendowie North (144000) and Glendowie South (145100). 2018 Census place summary: Glendowie North 2018 Census place summary: Glendowie South
  2. ^ Cossar, Charlotte (14 June 2003). "Glendowie". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  3. ^ Stacpoole, John. "Allan Kerr Taylor". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Alberton". Heritage New Zealand – Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  5. ^ Education Counts: Glendowie College
  6. ^ Education Counts: Glendowie School
  7. ^ Education Counts: Churchill Park School
  8. ^ Education Counts: Glen Taylor School
  9. ^ Education Counts: Sacred Heart College
  10. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Graeme Hart surpasses wealth of more famous peers". TV3. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  12. ^ a b Mandow, Nikki (July 2007). "Glendowie". Metro (312).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°51′05″S 174°52′14″E / 36.85152°S 174.87045°E / -36.85152; 174.87045