Heretaunga, Wellington

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Heretaunga Boating club circa 1917
Heretaunga Boating club circa 1917
Coordinates: 41°09′00″S 175°01′59″E / 41.150°S 175.033°E / -41.150; 175.033Coordinates: 41°09′00″S 175°01′59″E / 41.150°S 175.033°E / -41.150; 175.033
CountryNew Zealand
IslandNorth Island
CityUpper Hutt
 • Total4,398

Heretaunga is a suburb of the city of Upper Hutt, located in the lower (southern) North Island of New Zealand. The settlement, one of the older suburbs in the Hutt Valley, dates from the 1840s when European settlers sought country sections.[1][need quotation to verify] A prime example of a "leafy" suburb, Heretaunga includes quiet tree-lined streets. It is characterised by large houses, often Edwardian or from the mid-20th century.

The suburb has numerous green spaces, most evident around the site of the Royal Wellington Wellington Golf Club and at Trentham Memorial Park. The Royal Wellington Golf Club has been based in Heretaunga since 20 November 1906 after acquiring 48.5 hectares of land from the Barton family (descendants of Richard Barton).[2]

Heretaunga takes its name from one of the Māori names for the nearby Hutt River, originating from a Hawke's Bay district.[3][4]

Heretaunga adjoins the suburb of Silverstream to its south-west, and the two are commonly thought of associated with each other. To the north-east lies Trentham. The Heretaunga Railway Station on the Hutt Valley Line serves the suburb.

Heretaunga as a Māori name combines here, meaning "to tie up", and taunga, literally meaning "to be at home" - the name originated with a mooring place for canoes.[3]


St Brendan's School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[5][6] with a roll of 259 as of March 2020.[7]


  1. ^ "History". Pinehaven Progressive Association. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Royal Wellington Golf Club History". RWGC. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling (ed.). Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 163. ISBN 9780143204107.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  4. ^ Maclean, Chris (13 July 2012). Wellington places – Hutt Valley – south. Ministry for Culture and Heritage / Te Manatū Taonga. Retrieved 12 May 2015. Early residents such as the Ngāi Tara people called the Hutt River Te Awakairangi, 'the watercourse of greatest value'. It was navigable by canoe far inland, giving access to plentiful food. Later tribes knew it as Te Wai o Orutu, 'the waters of Orutu', a Ngāti Māmoe ancestor. When European settlers arrived it was known as the Heretaunga River, after the district in Hawke’s Bay.
  5. ^ "St Brendan's School Official School Website".
  6. ^ "St Brendan's School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  7. ^ "St Brendan's School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.