Levin, New Zealand
Intersection of Queen and Oxford Streets
|Territorial authority||Horowhenua District|
|Named for||William Hort Levin|
|• Urban||109.02 km2 (42.09 sq mi)|
|• Urban density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
Levin (Māori: Taitoko) is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located east of Lake Horowhenua, around 95 km north of Wellington and 50 km southwest of Palmerston North.
Levin is a service centre for the surrounding rural area, and a centre for light manufacturing.
According to June 2018 figures, the estimated resident population was 21,200. Over 20% of inhabitants were listed as over the age of 65, a considerably higher percentage than the national average. The town celebrated its centenary in 2006 and the bowls club celebrated theirs in 2007.
History and culture
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The town was named after William Hort Levin, a director of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. The name is a variation of the Jewish clan Levi. It is a shibboleth – unlike the usual pronunciation of the surname, stress is placed on the second syllable of the word. However his great grandson, Peter Levin, claims his forebear would have pronounced his surname as in Levene and this pronunciation was in common use for many years and always used by the family.
Levin has three marae. Huia Marae and Matau Marae are traditional meeting grounds of the Ngāti Raukawa hapū of Ngāti Huia. Kawiu Marae and Te Huia o Raukura meeting house are a meeting place for Muaūpoko.
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Levin lies on State Highway 1, which forms the town's main street, Oxford Street. State Highway 57 forms the eastern boundary of the town, and meets State Highway 1 between Levin and the Ohau River, Wellington.
Levin is on the North Island Main Trunk with a station used by the Capital Connection long distance commuter train between Wellington and Palmerston North. It is also served by 8 InterCity buses a day each way.
To the west of the main town lies Lake Horowhenua, which covers some 3.9 sq/km. It is currently undergoing regeneration.
There are nine schools in the Levin urban area:
- Fairfield School is a state full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 470.
- Horowhenua College is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school. It opened in 1940 and has a roll of approximately 581.
- Levin East School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 355.
- Levin Intermediate is a state intermediate (Year 7–8) school with a roll of approximately 264.
- Levin North School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 226.
- Levin School is a state contributing primary (Year 1–6) school with a roll of approximately 129.
- St Joseph's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 135.
- Taitoko School is a state full primary (Year 1–8) school with a roll of approximately 219.
- Waiopehu College is a state secondary (Year 9–13) school. It opened in 1973 and has a roll of approximately 616.
- Jack Afamasaga - rugby league player
- Sir Paul Beresford - British politician
- Suzy Clarkson - newsreader
- Kay Cohen - fashion designer
- Joy Cowley - novelist
- Cathryn Finlayson - 2012 London Olympian, New Zealand hockey player
- Rebecca Gibney - actress
- Nathan Guy - politician
- Nicky Hager - author
- Darren Hughes - politician
- Dean Kent - Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer
- Doug Kidd - politician
- David Lomax - NZ Kiwi rugby league rep, NRL club professional with the Newcastle Knights.
- Johnny Lomax - NZ Kiwi rugby league rep, NRL club professional with Canberra Raiders, Townsville Cowboys.
- Matthew Saunoa - New Zealand Idol winner 2006
- George Silk - photographer, LIFE magazine
- Carlos Spencer - former All Black
- Richard Sylvan - philosopher and logician
- James Tamou - Australian Kangaroo rugby league representative player, NSW State of Origin representative player 2012, 2013; rugby league professional
- Codie Taylor - All Black
- Roger Twose - NZ Black Caps cricket player.
- Sonny Whakarau - NZ Junior Kiwi rugby league representative player, rugby league professional in the UK.
- "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
- Statistics New Zealand Subnational Population Estimates
- "Levin age profile, NZ Stats"
- "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
- "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
- "30 people evacuated after chemical reaction in Levin's public pool". The New Zealand Herald. October 28, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
- "Capital Connection". Great Journeys of New Zealand. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Search Results". www.intercity.co.nz. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Did you know Horizons Regional Council provides three public bus services in the Horowhenua District?" (PDF). 15 July 2018.
- "Day Out in Town Bus timetable change". Retrieved 2018-08-19.
- "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.