Newtown, New Zealand

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Newtown is located in New Zealand
Newtown is located in New Zealand Wellington
Coordinates: 41°18′49″S 174°46′47″E / 41.3137°S 174.7798°E / -41.3137; 174.7798Coordinates: 41°18′49″S 174°46′47″E / 41.3137°S 174.7798°E / -41.3137; 174.7798
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityWellington City
 • Total8,418
Hospitals(s)Wellington Hospital
Mount Cook Mount Cook[2] Hataitai
Evans Bay
Berhampore Berhampore Kilbirnie, Melrose

The suburb of Newtown lies in the southern part of Wellington in New Zealand. It lies east of Vogeltown, between Mount Cook and Berhampore. The main thoroughfares of Newtown are Riddiford St, leading from Mount Cook to Berhampore and Melrose, and Constable St, leading from Newtown to Kilbirnie.

The population at the last census (2013) was recorded as 8,418.[1]


The former Langham Private Hotel

Originally a working-class suburb, Newtown has followed gentrification trends in recent years, attracting large numbers of immigrants, students and young professionals and resulting in an ethnically diverse population. The Wellington City Council District Plan identifies Newtown as a suburb with an "identifiable or distinct character". Because of Newtown's special character only one household units are allowed in certain areas. Resource consent is needed to put two or more household units on a site.[3]


Government House on Rugby Street, Wellington Hospital located on Riddiford Street and Wellington Zoo all lie within the boundaries of Newtown. Newtown Park is located next to the Zoo, off Roy Street and provides a venue for athletics and football. The Park consists of a 400m all-weather running track, grandstand, changing rooms, community rooms and play area. Wellington City Council has spent $3.6 million on modernising facilities at Newtown Park to meet current and future needs for the athletics and soccer sports codes, and the wider community.

Newtown Festival[edit]

The Newtown Festival in 2010 (looking up Riddiford Street)

The annual Newtown Festival takes place over ten days, culminating in the Newtown Festival Street Fair which is usually held on International Children's Day (usually the first Sunday in March). Organised by The Newtown Residents' Association for the past 18 years, the festival has continued to grow. The 2014 Newtown Festival was attended by an estimated 80,000 people.[4] In 2014 the Wellington Gold Awards nominated the organisers of the Newtown Festival for one of their annual awards, citing that the festival is "New Zealand’s largest free annual outdoor street festival."[5]


Newtown School[edit]

Newtown School is a co-educational contributing state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students,[6] with a roll of 354 as of March 2020.[7]

The school has a Māori language immersion class, Ngāti Kotahitanga, providing an 80 per cent immersion environment. It also has an indoor heated swimming pool, computer suite, and separate junior and senior playgrounds.[8]

Other schools[edit]

South Wellington Intermediate is a co-educational state intermediate school for Year 7 to 8 students,[9][10] with a roll of 398.[11]

St Anne's School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[12] with a roll of 145 as of March 2020.[13]


  1. ^ a b "About the profile areas - Newtown -".
  2. ^ ""Wellington City Suburb Boundaries, Feb. 2008" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-17.
  3. ^ Newtown! Community in a Wellington Suburb edited by Martin Doyle (1998, Wellington Safer Community Council, Wellington City Council) ISBN 0-909036-73-X
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-16. Retrieved 2014-12-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Flightdec. "Class of 2014". Gold Awards.
  6. ^ "Newtown School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  7. ^ "Newtown School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  8. ^ "Newtown School Official School Website".
  9. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Official School Website".
  10. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  11. ^ "South Wellington Intermediate Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  12. ^ "St Anne's School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  13. ^ "St Anne's School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.

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