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Papaioea is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.


Its name comes from the name of the original settlement in a clearing in forest which was purchased from local Māori (Ngāti Rangitāne) in 1864. The name was used to describe Palmerston North also. Somewhat later, the name had become forgotten with the transliteration of Pamutana being preferred (especially by the Native Land Court). The name Papaioea did not resurface until the 1920s. Many organisations favour the name Papaioea to represent Palmerston North as a whole.

This is a map of Papaioea, the suburb
Population: 2,634 (2001)
Territorial Authority
Name: Palmerston North City


Papaioea is bounded on the N by Palmerston North Hospital Area and Featherston Street, on the W by Palmerston North Central (Victoria Avenue), on the S by Hokowhitu West and Ferguson Street, and E by Terrace End, Roslyn (Ruahine Street).


Papaioea had a usually resident population in 2001 of 2,634.[1]


Papaioea has many shops, food outlets and supermarkets. Terrace End Shopping Centre (Broadtop) on Broadway Avenue is one such example here. Carncot School (Private) is present here also. There are many real estate agencies, a veterinarian clinic, many medical clinics and churches; the most striking of which being the Broadway Methodist Church.

Aorangi Hospital, formerly known as Mercy Hospital, is a private hospital which is present in the extreme NW of the suburb (between Alan and Grey Sts).

Horizons Regional Council office is located here also (Victoria Avenue)

Parks and Reserves[edit]

  • Papaioea Park- is located in the extreme N of the suburb and is used as a football ground and cricket ground by the lower club grades. Papaioea Park is walled on the Featherston St/Ruahine St boundary, which makes an unusual feature. This dates to 1920 when the Palmerston North Borough Council decided to reserve land for a park. They chose the name Papaioea to commemorate the original settlement in the area. Unfortunately, there was a spelling mistake and the name was spelt Papaeoia. This was not corrected until the 1970s ([2]:3).

Local government[edit]

Palmerston North adopted citywide representation in 2013.

Schools in Papaioea Ward[edit]

Central Government[edit]



  • Te Tai Hauāuru is represented (2014-) by New Zealand Labour MP Adrian Rurawhe