|• Total||10.6422 km2 (4.1090 sq mi)|
|• Density||380/km2 (990/sq mi)|
Halswell is named after Edmund Halswell QC (1790–1874), a government officer and member of the management commission of the Canterbury Association. He arrived in New Zealand in 1841 and was appointed Commissioner of Native Reserves. The Māori name of Tai Tapu for the area is preserved in the name of a village located some 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south of the centre of Halswell.
Until recently, Halswell was completely separated from the city geographically, but in recent years many new subdivisions have been created to the north of the suburb, creating the new suburbs of Oaklands and Westlake. These have effectively joined Halswell to the Christchurch urban area. The Halswell area is growing rapidly with subdivisions expanding the residential areas of Aidanfield to the north east, and The Rocks at the top of Kennedy's Bush Road to the south, which is on a hill, with the rest of Halswell on the flat ground of the Canterbury Plains.
The centre of the Halswell community is the Halswell School catering for boys and girls from the age of 5 up to 14. In 2011 the roll was 626 students and its decile rating was 10.
Halswell has a public swimming pool, library, Catholic, Anglican, United and Baptist churches, a post office with Kiwibank. The Halswell Quarry Park is a 60.4 hectares (0.604 km2) family orientated park maintained by the Christchurch City Council. The park features all weather walking tracks, a mountain bike track, dog and horse exercise areas as well as native and exotic planted areas. Although named for this suburb, the quarry is located in the adjacent suburb Kennedys Bush.
Halswell Domain is a park in the centre of Halswell. It includes a boating pond and a miniature railway, which runs on Sunday afternoons. On the edge of Halswell Domain is the Halswell War Memorial, unveiled in 1924 by Sir Heaton Rhodes MP.
Halswell is growing in popularity after the Canterbury earthquakes with several residential subdivisions being developed allowing many East Christchurch residents to relocate.
The Nottingham Stream flows through the suburb and joins the Halswell River.
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