Mount Wellington, New Zealand
|Local authority||Auckland Council|
|Electoral ward||Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward|
|Train station(s)||Sylvia Park Railway Station|
|Ellerslie, St. John's Park, Panmure|
|Tamaki River, Pakuranga, Panmure|
Mount Wellington is a suburb in East Auckland, New Zealand, located 10 kilometres southeast of the city centre. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Stonefields, Tamaki, Panmure, Penrose, and Ellerslie, and by the Tamaki River. The suburb is named after the volcanic peak of Maungarei / Mount Wellington. Sylvia Park is a large business park and shopping centre located in the suburb.
Geography and early history
Maungarei / Mount Wellington is a 135-metre volcanic peak of the Auckland volcanic field. It is the youngest onshore volcano of the Auckland volcanic field, having been formed by an eruption around 10,000 years ago. It is the largest of Auckland's scoria cones. Prior to European settlement, the area around Maungarei was bracken scrub and not densely forested. The southern section, closer to Mount Richmond, was primarily broadleaf and podocarp forest with patches of clear scrubland.
The isthmus south of the mountain was traditionally settled by Ngāi Tāhuhu, descendants of Tāhuhunui-o-te-rangi, captain of the Moekākara waka and namesake of Ōtāhuhu. Four archaeological sites near Carbine Road/Panama Road near the Tamaki River were occupied in the mid to late 1500s. A large number of storage pits for root vegetables (such as kūmara) were found at the sites, suggesting the area was extensively gardened by Māori, as well as an area where toki (adze) were created. South of Mutukaroa / Hamlins Hill was Karetu, a 2km portage between the Waitematā Harbour/Tamaki River and the Manukau Harbour.
Mount Wellington, comprising the statistical areas of Mount Wellington North West, Mount Wellington North East, Mount Wellington Ferndale, Mount Wellington East, Mount Wellington West, Mount Wellington Central, Sylvia Park, Mount Wellington South West and Mount Wellington South East, had a population of 25,218 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,935 people (8.3%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 4,062 people (19.2%) since the 2006 census. There were 7,914 households. There were 12,558 males and 12,657 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.99 males per female, with 4,716 people (18.7%) aged under 15 years, 6,246 (24.8%) aged 15 to 29, 11,397 (45.2%) aged 30 to 64, and 2,859 (11.3%) aged 65 or older.
Ethnicities were 38.8% European/Pākehā, 11.7% Māori, 21.6% Pacific peoples, 37.5% Asian, and 3.0% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).
The proportion of people born overseas was 47.5%, compared with 27.1% nationally.
Although some people objected to giving their religion, 33.1% had no religion, 43.6% were Christian, and 18.2% had other religions.
Of those at least 15 years old, 5,919 (28.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 2,790 (13.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 11,424 (55.7%) people were employed full-time, 2,298 (11.2%) were part-time, and 873 (4.3%) were unemployed.
The Sylvia Park shopping centre opened in 2006, and an upgrade opened in 2020. The mall has 106,427 m2 of lettable space spread across two floors, alongside 4,053 carparks. Its 250 stores include anchor tenants The Warehouse, Farmers, Kmart, Pak'nSave and a 10-screen Hoyts Cinema.
Panama Road School is a contributing primary school (years 1–6) with a roll of 254 students.
All these school are coeducational. Rolls are as of November 2020.
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