Highbury, Manawatu-Wanganui

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Suburb of Palmerston North
Highbury is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 40°21′S 175°35′E / 40.350°S 175.583°E / -40.350; 175.583Coordinates: 40°21′S 175°35′E / 40.350°S 175.583°E / -40.350; 175.583
Country New Zealand
Region Manawatu-Wanganui Region
Territorial authority Palmerston North
Ward Takaro
Population (2001)
 • Total 3,240
Time zone NZST (UTC+12)
 • Summer (DST) NZDT (UTC+13)
Postcode 4412
Area Code 06

Highbury is a suburb of Palmerston North, New Zealand. The suburb is located northwest of Palmerston North Central (CBD). The area has the characteristics of a suburban area and had a resident population of 3,240 (2001)[1].

Highbury's street name themes range from British placenames (Brighton, Somerset, Lancaster, Coventry, Brentwood) to those of settlers of Palmerston North (Monrad).

There are many parks and reserves here which could almost suggest there are a lot of younger people here.

Three schools service the area and they are Somerset Crescent, Takaro, and Monrad Intermediate Schools. The main campus in Palmerston North of Te Wananga o Aotearoa is located here also.

The Cloverlea Tavern on the corner of Gillespies Line and Tremaine Avenue is the local pub and the 'Highbury Shops' located on the corner of Highbury Avenue and Pembroke Street provide convenience for residents.

The Monrad Rest Home is located in Highbury.

Many people confuse Westbrook as being a part of Highbury, however Westbrook is a separate suburb.

Parks and Reserves[edit]

  • Monrad Park
  • Takaro Park
  • Opie Reserve
  • Marriner Reserve
  • Part of the Kawau Stream Reserve
  • Tui Reserve
  • Pembroke Reserve
  • Oriana Reserve
  • Farnham Reserve

Gang-related Crime[edit]

  • The suburb of Highbury has had the most gang-related, violent crime incidents (including shootings, serious assaults and stabbings) nationwide in the past decade.[citation needed] Members of the Highbury community have attempted to alleviate the negative aspects and perceptions of the suburb, but it's violent past has made it known to other residents of Palmerston North as the most dangerous part of the city.[according to whom?]
  • The main event which led to a series of violent offences occurred on Waitangi Day, 2002. A Black-Power "prospect", aged 16 was fatally shot by a member of the Mongrel Mob gang. There have been numerous serious assaults since this incident, some of which have reached national newspapers and television broadcasts.

Local Government Representation[edit]

Highbury is part of the Takaro Ward.

Central Government Representation[edit]

General Highbury is within the boundaries of Palmerston North electorate

Māori Highbury is part of Te Tai Hauāuru electorate.