Taitā, New Zealand

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Basic information
Local authority Lower Hutt City
Electoral ward Northern Ward
Population 3,036 (2006 [1])
Train station(s) Taitā Railway Station
Northeast Pomare
East Stokes Valley
South Wingate
Southwest Avalon
West Kelson

Taitā (/ˈttə/, spelled Taita on most signs) is one of the easternmost suburbs of the city of Lower Hutt in New Zealand, situated toward the northern end of the city. It is considerably south of the Taita Gorge which separates Lower Hutt City from Upper Hutt City.

Its urban development began around the middle of the 20th century as part of the Labour Government's state-housing scheme.

The main road through the western part of the suburb, Taita Drive, has its southern end in the suburb of Avalon near the Kennedy-Good Bridge.

On the eastern side of Taitā, above Taita College, stand the buildings of the former Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Soil Bureau. The Soil Bureau became part of Landcare Research New Zealand Limited in 1992 and much of the functionality formerly carried out at Taitā has moved to the Turitea campus of Massey University in Palmerston North.


Taita has four schools.

  • Pomare School is a state contributing primary (Year 1 to 6) school. It has 57 students as of July 2017.[2]
  • Saint Michael's School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1 to 8) school. It has 124 students as of July 2017.[2]
  • Taita Central School is a state contributing primary (Year 1 to 6) school. It has 147 students as of July 2017.[2] The school opened in 1948.
  • Taita College is a state secondary (Year 9 to 13) school, and has 458 students as of July 2017.[2] The school opened in 1957.

State intermediate (Year 7 and 8) students are served by Avalon Intermediate School, in the neighbouring suburb of Avalon.


  1. ^ Hutt City Council - 2006 Hutt City Demographic Profile Retrieved: 7 January 2009
  2. ^ a b c d "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 

Coordinates: 41°12′S 174°57′E / 41.200°S 174.950°E / -41.200; 174.950