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CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardAlbert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward
 • Total5,268
Waterview Mount Albert Morningside
New Windsor Wesley)

Owairaka is an Auckland suburb. It is under the local governance of the Auckland Council.

Owairaka is home to the world-famous Owairaka Athletic Club [1] which is based at the historic Lovelock Track where five world records have been set.[2] During the 1960s the club led the world in middle and long distance running under the guidance of the legendary coach Arthur Lydiard (ONZ,OBE),[3] producing many international and national champions, most notably, Murray Halberg (ONZ, MBE) [4] and the New Zealand Athlete of the Century, Peter Snell (KNZM, MBE).[5]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [6]

Owairaka, comprising the statistical areas of Owairaka West and Owairaka East, had a population of 5,268 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 318 people (6.4%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 327 people (6.6%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,665 households. There were 2,742 males and 2,520 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.09 males per female, with 1,041 people (19.8%) aged under 15 years, 1,365 (25.9%) aged 15 to 29, 2,442 (46.4%) aged 30 to 64, and 423 (8.0%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 39.7% European/Pākehā, 8.9% Māori, 18.3% Pacific peoples, 39.2% Asian, and 6.4% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 47.5%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 38.3% had no religion, 35.6% were Christian, and 21.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,452 (34.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 495 (11.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,214 (52.4%) people were employed full-time, 579 (13.7%) were part-time, and 225 (5.3%) were unemployed.[6]


Owairaka District School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 470 as of November 2020.[7][8]

The local state secondary school is Mount Albert Grammar School .


  1. ^ Auckland City Athletic Club History, Auckland City Athletic Club, retrieved 28 January 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Owairaka Athletic Club History, Owairaka Athletic Club, 2012, retrieved 28 January 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Arthur Lydiard, NZ History, retrieved 28 January 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Halberg, Murray Gordon, MBE, Encyclopedia of New Zealand, retrieved 28 January 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Peter Snell, NZ Olympic Committee, retrieved 28 January 2013 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Owairaka West (135500) and Owairaka East (136800). 2018 Census place summary: Owairaka West 2018 Census place summary: Owairaka East
  7. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  8. ^ Education Counts: Owairaka District School

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Coordinates: 36°53′42″S 174°43′18″E / 36.895071°S 174.721551°E / -36.895071; 174.721551