Spring Creek, New Zealand

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Spring Creek
Spring Creek is located in New Zealand Marlborough
Spring Creek
Spring Creek
Coordinates: 41°27′38″S 173°57′46″E / 41.46056°S 173.96278°E / -41.46056; 173.96278Coordinates: 41°27′38″S 173°57′46″E / 41.46056°S 173.96278°E / -41.46056; 173.96278
CountryNew Zealand
 • Total1,617

Spring Creek is a locality in Marlborough, New Zealand. State Highway 1 runs past the settlement to the west, and the Wairau River flows past to the east. Picton is 22 km to the north, and Blenheim is 6 km to the south.[1][2] The population of Spring Creek and Riverlands was 1,617 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 156 from 2001.[3]

The first European settlers were George Dodson, William Soper, and Dr Vickerman, in 1850.[4] There was a major flood in 1926, when the Wairau River burst its embankments.[5]

Spring Creek School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 56.[6] A school was first founded in Spring Creek in 1861 or 1863[7] The present school was founded in 1873.[8][9]

Wairau Marae is located in Spring Creek. It is the marae (meeting ground) of Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and includes the Wairau wharenui (meeting house).[10][11]

Spring Creek has a railway classification yard on the Main North Line.[12]

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  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 61. 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. pp. map 139. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. ^ Quickstats about Spring Creek-Riverlands
  4. ^ A. D. McIntosh, ed. (1940). Marlborough - A Provincial History. p. 163.
  5. ^ A. D. McIntosh, p 367
  6. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Spring Creek School". Ministry of Education.
  7. ^ A. D. McIntosh, pp 340, 343
  8. ^ Loveridge, Barry Ernest (1973). The centennial history and compilation of records of the Spring Creek School (formerly Marlboroughtown) and the Wairau Pa School, Marlborough, N.Z.
  9. ^ Hale, Allen M (1954). Marlboroughtown Spring Creek School: A History and Compilation of School Records. Marlboroughtown Spring Creek School Jubilee Committee. Published ... on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the School, April 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1954
  10. ^ "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  11. ^ "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  12. ^ Marlborough Historical Society (2005). Click - A Captured Moment - Marlborough's Early Heritage. p. 177. ISBN 0-473-10475-X.