Henderson, New Zealand

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CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland Council
Electoral wardWaitākere Ward
 • Total8,706
Train station(s)Henderson Railway Station
Sturges Road Railway Station
Henderson North Lincoln Te Atatū South
Western Heights
Te Atatū South
McLaren Park Sunnyvale Glendene

Henderson (Māori: Ōpanuku) is a major suburb of Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Auckland city centre, and two kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the Whau River, a southwestern arm of the Waitematā Harbour. The suburb is located within the Henderson-Massey Local Board of the Waitākere Ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland Council.



Henderson is named after early colonial settler Thomas Henderson, a Scottish immigrant who purchased land from Ngati Whatua in 1844 and established a timber mill in the area in ca. 1847 to process the logs of kauri trees which were cut from the Henderson Valley and further upstream, from the eastern flanks of the Waitākere Ranges.[1]

Amenities and Attractions[edit]

Henderson features a large shopping centre, WestCity Waitakere, with numerous other shops and large stores also located in the area. The West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre, owned by the Auckland Council, was built to host the Aquatics at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

On the outskirts of Henderson is the Corban's Wine Estate, a major New Zealand export wine brand. The Corban's Estate Arts Centre hosts the annual InterACT Disability Arts Festival.[2][3] At the northern end of Henderson, near the Lincoln Road motorway interchange, the Toroa, a historic ferry under restoration, is a well-known local landmark.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [4]

Henderson, comprising the statistical areas of Henderson Central, Henderson Valley Park, Henderson North East and Henderson East, had a population of 8,706 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 777 people (9.8%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,677 people (23.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,892 households. There were 4,179 males and 4,533 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.92 males per female, with 1,704 people (19.6%) aged under 15 years, 1,830 (21.0%) aged 15 to 29, 3,636 (41.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,542 (17.7%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 48.2% European/Pākehā, 15.3% Māori, 22.2% Pacific peoples, 26.8% 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 40.2%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 37.0% had no religion, 44.6% were Christian, and 12.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,272 (18.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,422 (20.3%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,234 (46.2%) people were employed full-time, 747 (10.7%) were part-time, and 333 (4.8%) were unemployed.[4]


Local government[edit]

Henderson had a local government just like other suburbs of Auckland at that time. The local government was called Henderson Borough Council, which started in 1946 and merged into Waitakere City Council in 1989, eventually being amalgamated into Auckland Council in November 2010. Mayors during the era of the Henderson Borough Council are listed as follows:

Member of Parliament[edit]

The Local Member of Parliament for Henderson is Phil Twyford, the MP for Te Atatū, who keeps an office in the suburb.


Henderson High School is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a roll of 1028 students.[5] The high school was founded in 1953[6]

Henderson School and Henderson South School are contributing primary (years 1-6) schools with rolls of 212[7] and 260 students,[8] respectively. Henderson School was founded in 1873[9] and Henderson South School in 1967.[10]

Holy Cross School, a Catholic primary school, is a full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 427 students.[11] It celebrated its 75th jubilee in 2007.[12]

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as at March 2021.[13]


The Western Line runs through the suburb, with Henderson Railway Station being adjacent to the town centre. Henderson Railway Station is adjacent to the main shopping centre and a bus interchange. The suburb is also served by the Sturges Road Railway Station. Motorway access is provided via the interchange at Lincoln Road, in the adjacent suburb of Lincoln. The main walkways and cycleways of the Project Twin Streams go through the suburb.

Henderson during the Eke Panuku Streets For People trial


  1. ^ "Henderson Heritage Trail". Waitakere City Council. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Silky smooth aerial moves - Life & Leisure - The Aucklander News". Nzherald.co.nz. 28 October 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  3. ^ "InterACT Disability Arts Festival". gatherandhunt.co.nz. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Henderson Central (127500), Henderson Valley Park (127800), Henderson North East (127900) and Henderson East (128400). 2018 Census place summary: Henderson Central 2018 Census place summary: Henderson Valley Park 2018 Census place summary: Henderson North East 2018 Census place summary: Henderson East
  5. ^ Education Counts: Henderson High School
  6. ^ "School Information - History". Henderson High School. Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  7. ^ Education Counts: Henderson School
  8. ^ Education Counts: Henderson South School
  9. ^ Hunt, Graeme (1978). Henderson Primary School: 125th Anniversary, 1873–1998. 125th Anniversary Organising Committee.
  10. ^ N.Z. Henderson South School (Henderson) (1992). Henderson South School 25th Jubilee, 1967-1992.
  11. ^ Education Counts: Holy Cross School
  12. ^ "Holy Cross School 75th Jubilee". Auckland Irish Society. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  13. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 27 April 2021.

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Coordinates: 36°52′52″S 174°37′52″E / 36.8811°S 174.6312°E / -36.8811; 174.6312