Narrow Neck, New Zealand

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Narrow Neck
Narrow Neck Beach with Rangitoto island
Narrow Neck Beach with Rangitoto island
Coordinates: 36°49′S 174°48′E / 36.817°S 174.800°E / -36.817; 174.800Coordinates: 36°49′S 174°48′E / 36.817°S 174.800°E / -36.817; 174.800
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardNorth Shore ward
Local boardDevonport-Takapuna Local Board
 • Land182 ha (450 acres)
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total4,310
Belmont (Hauraki Gulf) (Hauraki Gulf)
Narrow Neck
(Hauraki Gulf)
Stanley Bay Devonport Cheltenham

Narrow Neck is a suburb located on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. It is under the local governance of the Auckland Council.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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;[citation needed] the munitions were moved to the Kauri Point Armament Depot from 1937.

Close to the western edge of the reclaimed area a new road was put through creating a more direct link between Devonport and Takapuna.


Narrow Neck covers 1.82 km2 (0.70 sq mi)[1] and had an estimated population of 4,310 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 2,368 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [3]

Narrow Neck 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, comprising 1,956 males and 2,142 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.91 males per female. The median age was 40.8 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), 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. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 33.3, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 59.8% had no religion, 29.6% were Christian, 0.4% had Māori religious beliefs, 0.8% were Hindu, 0.7% were Muslim, 1.2% were Buddhist and 1.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,347 (41.6%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 249 (7.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $43,300, compared with $31,800 nationally. 1,005 people (31.0%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Narrow Neck (130700). 2018 Census place summary: Narrow Neck

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