Northcote, New Zealand

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There is also a suburb named Northcote in Christchurch.
Northcote is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 36°49′S 174°45′E / 36.817°S 174.750°E / -36.817; 174.750Coordinates: 36°49′S 174°45′E / 36.817°S 174.750°E / -36.817; 174.750
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
 • Total4,254
Birkenhead Northcote Central Takapuna
Shoal Bay
(Waitematā Harbour) Waitematā Harbour Waitematā Harbour

Northcote is a suburb of Auckland in northern New Zealand. It is situated on the North Shore, on the northern shores of Waitematā Harbour, four km northwest of Auckland CBD. The suburb includes the peninsula of Northcote Point and the northern approaches to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.


In 1882, the St Heliers and Northcote Land Company was formed and some land in the area was subdivided. In 1889 a major subdivision was the result when the Bartley Estate was auctioned. Before the construction of the Harbour Bridge, the Northcote Wharf was heavily utilised by Auckland Harbour ferry services. After the bridge was opened in 1959, the number of ferry crossings fell and the Northcote Point peninsula became a quiet cul-de-sac. The wooden Northcote Tavern was once in the thick of things; it still stands but now surveys a quiet streetscape.

Local government[edit]

Northcote had a local government just like other suburbs in Auckland at that time. The local government was called Northcote Borough Council, which started in 1908 and merged into North Shore City Council in 1989. It then amalgamated into Auckland Council in November 2010.

Mayors of Northcote Borough Council[edit]

  • 1908 Alexander Bruce
  • 1908–1912 Herbert Cadness
  • 1912–1917 George Fraser
  • 1917–1919 John Byrne Tonar
  • 1919–1921 Arthur Edwin Greenslade
  • 1921–1925 William Ernest Richardson
  • 1925–1927 Charles Archibald Deuxberry
  • 1927–1931 Arthur Edwin Greenslade
  • 1931–1941 Robert Martin
  • 1941–1944 Ernest Clyde Fowler
  • 1944–1956 Frank Montagne Pearn
  • 1956–1962 John Forsyth Potter
  • 1962–1968 Albert Ernest James Holdaway
  • 1968–1974 Alfred James Evans
  • 1974–1979 Trevor Edwin La Roche
  • 1979–1989 Jean Sampson

Features and landmarks[edit]

Northcote is surrounded by the suburbs of Birkenhead, Hillcrest and Takapuna to the west and north, and the waters of Shoal Bay, an arm of the Waitemata, to the south and east.[1] State Highway 1 stretches along the waterfront of Shoal Bay, heading north from the bridge towards Albany.

To the north of Northcote Point on one of the main routes leading to and from the Harbour Bridge is the Northcote Shopping Centre, which was developed in the early 1960s. It is now a multi-cultural retail hub featuring many Asian food outlets.[citation needed]


The population was 4,254 in the 2013 census, an increase of 132 from 2006.[2]


Northcote College is a coeducational secondary (years 9–13) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 1258.[3] It was established in 1877.[4]

During its early years, the College incorporated Standards five and six (Forms one and two) which were transferred to Northcote Intermediate School when that was established as a separate entity on its present site in Lake Road in 1958. Close by to the Intermediate is Onepoto Primary School, which serves the central Northcote area.

Northcote Primary School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1–6) school with a decile rating of 9 and a roll of 377.[5] It was established on its present site in 1918.[6] The Northcote area war memorial stands at the front of the school, on the corner of Lake and Onewa Roads.

St Mary's School is a primary school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 402.[7] It is a state integrated Catholic school, which provides education for both boys and girls in years 1–6, and for girls only in years 7–8.[8] It celebrated its 75th Jubilee in 2008.[9]

Hato Petera College was a state integrated Maori Catholic co-educational school for year 9–13 students. In June 2018, it was facing imminent closure[10] and it was officially closed on 31 August 2018.[11]

AUT's North Campus is located on Akoranga Drive, Northcote.

Sport and recreation[edit]

Northcote is home to the Northcote Tigers rugby league club and the Northcote Birkenhead Rugby Union Sports Club.


Auckland ferry services run by Fullers Group stop at Northcote Point, near the northern end of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ The statistical area corresponding to Northcote is called "Northcote South". 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Northcote South
  3. ^ Education Counts: Northcote College
  4. ^ "Celebrating 131 Years of Excellence". Northcote College. Archived from the original on 10 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  5. ^ Education Counts: Northcote School
  6. ^ "Our School". Northcote School. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  7. ^ Education Counts: St Mary's School
  8. ^ "About Us". St Mary's School. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  9. ^ "75th Jubilee 2008". St Mary's School. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  10. ^ "Education minister moves closer to closing Auckland's troubled Hato Petera College". 20 June 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Māori Catholic school Hato Pētera College closes". RNZ News. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hodgson, Terence (1992). The Heart of Colonial Auckland, 1865–1910. Random Century NZ.

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