Glenfield, New Zealand

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Basic information
Local authority North Shore City
Population 4,554 (2006)
North Glenfield North
Northeast Forrest Hill
East Wairau Valley
Southeast Hillcrest
South Marlborough
Southwest Windy Ridge
West Witheford Heights
Northwest Bayview

Glenfield (formerly Mayfield) is a suburb on Auckland's North Shore.

The population of Central Glenfield was 4,554 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 240 from 2001.[1] Glenfield North has an additional 4,050 people,[2] and parts of the census area of Kaipatiki, with 4,128 people, might also be considered as part of Glenfield.[3]


It is located to the north of the Waitemata Harbour, nine kilometres northwest of the Auckland city centre. The suburb is located in the northern inland part of the North Shore, and is surrounded by the suburbs of Marlborough, Sunnynook, Forrest Hill, Birkenhead, Northcote and is situated close to Takapuna. The northern part of Glenfield is regarded as a separate suburb known as Glenfield North. This latter suburb is sited close to State Highway 1 as it stretches north towards Albany.

Glenfield has two main areas of commerce. One is the former Glenfield Mall and the surrounding shops (this is now predominantly covered by Westfield Glenfield). The other is Wairau Valley, which is a former industrial area that is now a mixture of commercial and industrial properties.


The area was originally named Mayfield, but the existence of Mayfield in Canterbury meant that the name was never officially bestowed upon the area by the postal service. On 12 March 1912, the area was officially named by the postal service as Glenfield.

Prior to the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959, Glenfield primarily consisted of farmland. During the 1960s, as access to the area improved, many of the large farm properties were subdivided to provide space for residential development.

On 9 December 1971, in response to fears about commercial sprawl down the length of Glenfield Rd, Glenfield Mall opened. This makes it one of the oldest enclosed malls in the country. It featured a large aviary in the centre of the mall.[4] In 2000, Glenfield Mall was completely redeveloped as Westfield Glenfield.

From 1 November 2010, Glenfield becomes part of the Kaipatiki Local Board area in the new Auckland City.

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Sports teams[edit]

Glenfield is home to Glenfield RFC, who are a member of the North Harbour Rugby Union, and Glenfield Rovers, who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1B. The Glenfield Greyhounds rugby league club are based in nearby Sunnynook.


Glenfield College is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 911.[5]

Glenfield Intermediate, founded in 1972,[6] is an intermediate (years 7-8) school with 531 students and a decile rating of 8.[7]

Glenfield Primary School is a contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 368.[8] All three schools are coeducational.

The closest tertiary centre is Massey University which is situated in Albany, a few kilometres to the north. Also, South Seas Film, Television, and Animation school is situated in Glenfield.


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Coordinates: 36°46′37″S 174°43′22″E / 36.77694°S 174.72278°E / -36.77694; 174.72278