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Paremoremo is located in New Zealand Auckland
Coordinates: 36°45′16″S 174°38′54″E / 36.75444°S 174.64833°E / -36.75444; 174.64833
CountryNew Zealand
RegionAuckland Region
Local BoardUpper Harbour
 • Total3,393

Paremoremo is a mostly rural locality about 8 km (5 miles) southwest of Albany on the northern fringe of Auckland, New Zealand. Coatesville is about 7 km to the north, and Riverhead is about 8 km to the west.[1][2] Paremoremo is home to New Zealand's only maximum security prison.

The population was 3,393 in the 2013 census, an increase of 537 from 2006.[3]

Parks and reserves[edit]

Paremoremo Scenic Reserve is a block of land north of the Paremoremo residential area. It is the largest bush reserve in the North Shore and is a site of ecological significance.[4]

A 38-hectare (94-acre) block of land south of the prison was bought by North Shore City for NZ$3.1 million in February 2002, to be developed as Sanders Park.[5] The park was finished in 2010, for a total budget of $2.7 million, including a $1.2 million toilet block, a fenced offleash dog walking area, mountain bike trails, a small children's bike track, and a fenced paddock for equestrians.[citation needed] Also at Sanders Reserve are two small beaches with good swimming areas. People have been known to camp on the grass areas around the beach.[6]


Paremoremo was originally a small community on the Upper Waitematā Harbour which saw European settlement grow following the construction of a wharf at the foot of Attwood Road. In the early 19th century it was known for its farms, market gardens and orchards. Passengers and cargo travelled to the city by the launches and small ferries of the period.

In the mid 1960s it became the home of Auckland Prison, New Zealand's main maximum security prison.[7]

A village of 130 houses was built by the Ministry of Justice to house prison workers,[8] but 30 of the houses were sold in 1996 after battles in the Employment Court of New Zealand and Court of Appeal.[9][10]


Ridgeview School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 10 and a roll of 93.[11] The school opened in 1923 as Paremoremo School,[12] and changed its name to Ridgeview in 2000.[13]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. Map 11. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. Map 34. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ The population given is for two statistical areas: Paremoremo East (2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Paremoremo East) and Paremoremo West (2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Paremoremo West)
  4. ^ "Proposed Plan Change 28 – Zoning of Reserves" (PDF). North Shore City Council. 7 October 2008. p. 7.
  5. ^ "Muddy winter reserve work angers locals". 20 July 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Sheep where the Lambs once were". North Shore Times Advertiser. 11 October 2002. p. 3.
  7. ^ "Sanctions Available to the Courts". Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (1966).
  8. ^ "Paremoremo Village; where families live in fear of the prison siren". Weekly News. 2 November 1970. pp. 3–5.
  9. ^ "Prison officers pin hopes on Privy Council". North Harbour News. 4 July 1996. p. 1.
  10. ^ "Prison staff uneasy about house decision". North Harbour News. 20 March 1997. p. 1.
  11. ^ Education Counts: Ridgeview School
  12. ^ "PAREMOREMO SCHOOL (BBMD)". Archives New Zealand. Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  13. ^ "Paremoremo School getting a new image". North Shore Times Advertiser. 18 July 2000. p. 18.

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Coordinates: 36°45′16″S 174°38′54″E / 36.75444°S 174.64833°E / -36.75444; 174.64833