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Looking west over Takapuna (2010)
Looking west over Takapuna (2010)
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
 • Total8,343
Hospitals(s)North Shore Hospital
Westlake (Lake Pupuke) Milford
(Hauraki Gulf)
Northcote (Waitematā Harbour) Hauraki, Belmont

Takapuna is a suburb on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. The suburb is situated at the beginning of a south-east-facing peninsula forming the northern side of the Waitematā Harbour. While very small in terms of population, it was the seat of the North Shore City Council before amalgamation into Auckland Council in 2010 and contains substantial shopping and entertainment areas, acting as a CBD for the North Shore.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [1]

Takapuna, comprising the statistical areas of Takapuna West, Takapuna Central and Takapuna South, had a population of 8,343 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 594 people (7.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,479 people (21.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,558 households. There were 3,933 males and 4,410 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.89 males per female, with 1,086 people (13.0%) aged under 15 years, 1,524 (18.3%) aged 15 to 29, 3,696 (44.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 2,037 (24.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 72.5% European/Pākehā, 4.4% Māori, 1.8% Pacific peoples, 23.2% Asian, and 4.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 42.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 47.5% had no religion, 41.5% were Christian, and 5.9% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,862 (39.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 600 (8.3%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,297 (45.4%) people were employed full-time, 1,011 (13.9%) were part-time, and 204 (2.8%) were unemployed.[1]


Takapuna from the water
Takapuna beach
The Sentinel under construction.

Takapuna is located on the isthmus of a peninsula which extends south into the northern waters of the Waitemata at the harbour's eastern end. As such, the suburb has a coastline on Shoal Bay, an arm of the Waitemata to the southwest, as well as having a coast on the Hauraki Gulf to the northeast. The northern end of the suburb is dominated by the large volcanic crater of Lake Pupuke. Some points in Takapuna are less than 500 metres from all three of these bodies of water. The Hauraki coastline includes a kilometre long crescent shaped beach (Takapuna Beach) which is a popular recreation area.

To the southeast of Takapuna lies the six-kilometre-long peninsula which contains the suburbs of Belmont and Devonport. To the west lie the suburbs of Hillcrest and Northcote. The suburb of Milford lies to the north, on the far shore of Lake Pupuke.


The Māori place name Takapuna originally referred to a freshwater spring that flowed from the base of North Head into a swamp behind Cheltenham Beach.[2] In 1841 the wife of Eruera Maihi Patuone sold 9500 acres of Auckland's North Shore to the Crown.[3] Referred to as Takapuna Parish, the North Shore was surveyed and subdivided in 1844.[4] In 1851 Governor Grey gifted back to Patuone 110 acres between the inlet beside Barry's Point Road and Takapuna Beach to use until his death (1872). This area included a Māori settlement known as Waiwharariki, on the small Shoal Bay headland now crossed by Esmonde Road.[5]

The earliest subdivisions of farmland for suburban development were the "Hurstmere" estate in 1886[6] and the "Pupuke" Estate in 1889. The Takapuna and Milford Beach areas, as well as the land surrounding Lake Pupuke soon became popular spots for wealthy businessmen building summer homes to entertain in a rural surrounding, and eventually, many moved here permanently, commuting to work in Auckland via ferry.[7]

A local history archive is maintained by the New Zealand Collection of Takapuna Public Library. It includes an index of the local newspapers, archives, photographs, oral histories, and historical material relating to Takapuna.[8]

Local government[edit]

Takapuna had a local government like other suburbs in Auckland at that time. The local government was called Takapuna Borough Council, which started in 1913 and merged into Takapuna City Council in 1961. Then it merged into North Shore City Council in 1989, eventually amalgamating into Auckland Council in November 2010.

Mayors during Takapuna Borough Council[edit]

  • 1913–1914 Ewen William Alison
  • 1914–1921 William Blomfield
  • 1921–1924 Arthur Mason Gould
  • 1924–1925 James William Hayden
  • 1925–1927 John D. M. Morrison
  • 1927–1931 Julius Warwick W. Williamson
  • 1931–1950 John Guiniven
  • 1950–1956 Douglas Raymond Sheath
  • 1956–1961 William Holmes Henderson

Mayors during Takapuna City Council[edit]

  • 1961–1965 William Holmes Henderson
  • 1965–1986 Arthur Frederick Thomas
  • 1986–1989 Winifred "Wyn" Norien Hoadley



The Takapuna Beach area is a nightlife hub and boutique shopping centre of the North Shore, having many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops.

Shore City shopping centre opened in Takapuna in 1974.[9] It covers 14,900 m², and has 826 carparks and 63 shops, including Farmers, New World Metro and Les Mills.[10]

The area has potential in its central business area and wider precincts to further develop into the southern hub of the North Shore.[11]


Takapuna is home to commercial businesses including web design company Byte Media, event managers Adrenaline Group, the headquarters of Provident Insurance and the global headquarters of SaaS software firm Unleashed Software.


Takapuna is home to Takapuna AFC who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division 1A. Since 1974 Takapuna Rugby Football Club has been located at Onewa Domain, which is in the neighbouring suburb of Northcote. Prior to that the club were located at Taharoto Park which is located on Taharoto Rd in Takapuna.


Rosmini College is a boys' secondary (years 7-13) school with a roll of 1091.[12] St Joseph's School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 443.[13] They are state integrated Catholic schools located adjacent to each other. Rosmini College was founded in 1962,[14] and St Joseph's in 1894.[15]

Takapuna Normal Intermediate is a coeducational intermediate (years 7-8) school with a roll of 606.[16] It was established in 1970.[17] Takapuna School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 475.[18] It celebrated its 125th jubilee in 2004.[19]

Rolls are as of November 2020.[20]

Takapuna Grammar School is in Belmont, to the southeast of Takapuna. It is the main public secondary school in the area.

Notable residents[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The Block NZ's first season took place in Takapuna.[21]

Shania Twain's 2003 music video for When You Kiss Me was also shot in Takapuna.


  1. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Takapuna West (126600), Takapuna Central (126800) and Takapuna South (128600). 2018 Census place summary: Takapuna West 2018 Census place summary: Takapuna Central 2018 Census place summary: Takapuna South
  2. ^ "New home in an old haven" (PDF). Museumsotearoa.org.nz. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Patuone, Eruera Maihi – Biography – Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand". Teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Inmagic DB/Text WebPublisher PRO: 1 records". Manukau.infospecs.co.nz. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Anderson, Louise (January 2002). "Takapuna - Milford Walk" (PDF). North Shore: North Shore City. p. 6. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "North Shore Shops". shore-city.co.nz. Precision Group of Companies.
  10. ^ "Shore City Leasing". shore-city.co.nz. Precision Group of Companies.
  11. ^ "Takapuna Beach Business Association". Takapunabeach.co.nz. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  12. ^ Education Counts: Rosmini College
  13. ^ Education Counts: St Joseph's School
  14. ^ "International Students". Rosmini College. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  15. ^ "About Us". St Joseph's School. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2009.
  16. ^ Education Counts: Takapuna Normal Intermediate
  17. ^ "Case study of ARB use at Takapuna Normal Intermediate School". Arb.nzcer.org.nz. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  18. ^ Education Counts: Takapuna School
  19. ^ "Takapuna Primary School 125th Jubilee". Education Gazette New Zealand. 83 (18). 4 October 2004.
  20. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  21. ^ Hallahan, Marnie (31 May 2012). "Bargains on The Block". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 August 2016 – via Stuff.co.nz.

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Coordinates: 36°47′21″S 174°46′20″E / 36.78919°S 174.77231°E / -36.78919; 174.77231