Nawton, New Zealand

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Nawton, Hamilton
Nawton, Hamilton
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityHamilton, New Zealand
Electoral wardHamilton West
 (2006 Census)
 • Total4,434
Grandview Heights

Nawton is a suburb in western Hamilton in New Zealand.[1]


Within Nawton is Playworx Kindy[2] an Anglican church[3] the Yardhouse bar[4] and the Sugar Bowl café[5] New Zealand politician Tim Macindoe has regularly shopped at Nawton's shopping centre.[6]

Community Centres and schools[edit]

There are at least two community centres in Nawton. These include the Western Community Centre[7] and the Good News Community Centre, which opened in 2014.[8] Nawton is the locale of Nawton Primary School[9] and Hamilton's Fraser High School.[10]


A community constable was removed from the area in 2014. Neil Tolan (a Hamilton community advocate) believed that the loss of community constables would have a radical impact on neighbourhoods and lead to unreported crimes.[6] In 2014, it was found that a number of the suburb's homes were sinking. This meant that flooding and large-scale damage was caused.[11] In April 2016, Nawton was found to be the Hamilton's worst suburb for dog attacks.[12] In December of that year, Hamilton mayor Andrew King opened a million dollar playground at Dominion Park as part of the city council's Playgrounds of the Future plan.[2] The playground (known as Te oko o Kirikiriroa) became one of seven destination playgrounds in the city.[13] In 2017, a petition called for a return of devoted community police officers. The petition was co-organized by Labour MP Sue Moroney, Western Community Centre manager Neil Tolan and city councillor James Casson at that year's Waitangi Day celebrations.[14]


  1. ^ "Hamilton Map". Hamilton City Council. Archived from the original on 23 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Caitlin Moorby (9 December 2016). "Hamilton's newest destination playground opens". Stuff. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ Chris Gardner (3 December 2013). "Why St Mark's Nawton is packed each Sunday". Stuff. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Police appeal for witnesses after aggravated robbery". Stuff. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Burglary fail: Hamilton teens steal about $3 in cafe smash then hand themselves in". The New Zealand Herald. 6 May 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b Elton Rikihana Smallman (20 January 2017). "Hamilton residents: Nawton has its problems, but it's no 'hellhole'". Stuff. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  7. ^ Libby Wilson (1 December 2019). "Sudden death near Hamilton community centre". Stuff. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  8. ^ Libby Wilson (30 July 2014). "Good news as $1m Nawton centre opens". Stuff. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  9. ^ Caitlin Moorby (20 June 2016). "Nawton School develops medicinal plant garden". Stuff. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Fraser High School principal Virginia Crawford angers with truant speech". The New Zealand Herald. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  11. ^ Aaron Leaman (17 June 2014). "Hamilton's sinking suburb". Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  12. ^ Te Ahua Maitland (21 April 2016). "Hamilton dog attacks highest in Nawton". Stuff. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Neighbours of Hamilton playground verbally abused". 6 January 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  14. ^ Phillipa Yalden (6 February 2017). "Petition calls for reintroduction of dedicated community police officers". Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°46′41″S 175°14′10″E / 37.778°S 175.236°E / -37.778; 175.236