Narrow Neck, New Zealand
Until the mid-19th century, Devonport was connected with the rest of the North Shore by a causeway between Ngataringa Bay and the Hauraki Gulf. This causeway gave the appearance of a "narrow neck". On the eastern side of this strip of land is the Narrow Neck beach, on the western side there was an extensive mangrove swamp.
In the late 19th century the majority of this mangrove swamp was drained and filled in creating land used as a racecourse until the 1930s and subsequently a golf course. In the World Wars the area was used for a military training camp. From 1927 until the mid-1930s a Royal New Zealand Navy ammunition storage facility was located in the suburb; the munitions were moved to the Kauri Point Armament Depot from 1937.
Narrow Neck is under the local governance of the Auckland Council.
The statistical area of Narrow Neck, which includes Vauxhall, had a population of 4,098 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 114 people (2.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 246 people (6.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,428 households. There were 1,956 males and 2,142 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.91 males per female. The median age was 40.8 years, with 858 people (20.9%) aged under 15 years, 705 (17.2%) aged 15 to 29, 1,935 (47.2%) aged 30 to 64, and 600 (14.6%) aged 65 or older.
Ethnicities were 86.5% European/Pākehā, 6.6% Māori, 1.8% Pacific peoples, 9.9% Asian, and 3.1% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).
The proportion of people born overseas was 33.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.
Although some people objected to giving their religion, 59.8% had no religion, 29.6% were Christian, and 5.1% had other religions.
Of those at least 15 years old, 1,347 (41.6%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 249 (7.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $43,300. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,629 (50.3%) people were employed full-time, 558 (17.2%) were part-time, and 75 (2.3%) were unemployed.
- Soldiers from Narrow Neck marching through Auckland, World War II
- Photographs of Narrow Neck held in Auckland Libraries' heritage collections.