Trentham, New Zealand

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Coordinates: 41°08′S 175°02′E / 41.13°S 175.04°E / -41.13; 175.04Coordinates: 41°08′S 175°02′E / 41.13°S 175.04°E / -41.13; 175.04
Country New Zealand
Island North Island
City Upper Hutt
Population (2006)
 • Total 3,789

Trentham is the most populous suburb of Upper Hutt, a city in the Wellington region of New Zealand. The suburb is located in a widening of the Hutt Valley, five kilometres to the southwest of the Upper Hutt city centre.

The name "Trentham" was initially given by Richard Barton, the first European Settler in the area, in honour of his former employer, the Duke of Sutherland. One of the Duke of Sutherland's subsidiary titles was Viscount Trentham, of Trentham in the County of Stafford.

The Barton family memory lives on in the area, with Barton Road, Barton Avenue and an area of native trees called Barton's Bush, which is within the reserve now known as Trentham Memorial Park. Richard Barton was interred in the grounds of St John's Church, and there are also memorials to him in the form of brass plaques within the Church building.[1]

Due to the New Zealand tendency towards spelling pronunciations, the name is invariably pronounced /ˈtrɛn.θəmˈ/, rather than the traditional English pronunciation /ˈtrɛnt.həm/.

The suburb is home to the Trentham Racecourse, the base of the Wellington Racing Club (WRC), the site of Hutt International Boys' School and is also the site of the Trentham Military Camp, which was used extensively for training soldiers in preparation for World War I and is still a base for the NZ Army and Defence Force.

The area was settled in the 1840s [2] and is served by Trentham Railway Station.


  • Trentham School is a state contributing primary school (years 1-6). It has a roll of 450 and a decile rating of 4.[3]


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