Wairau Valley, Auckland

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Wairau Valley
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardNorth Shore Ward
 • Total204
Glenfield North Totara Vale Forrest Hill
Wairau Valley
Marlborough Hillcrest Westlake

Wairau Valley is a suburb of the North Shore in the Auckland metropolitan area of northern New Zealand. The area is predominantly light industrial/commercial. The Northern Motorway passes to the east, and the Wairau Park shopping complex extends to the north.[1] The valley is drained by the Wairau Creek, which flows on through Milford and discharges into the Hauraki Gulf from an estuary at the northern end of Milford Beach.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [2]

Wairau Valley had a population of 204 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 36 people (21.4%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 99 people (94.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 45 households. There were 126 males and 78 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.62 males per female. The median age was 43.6 years, with 27 people (13.2%) aged under 15 years, 45 (22.1%) aged 15 to 29, 114 (55.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 18 (8.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 63.2% European/Pākehā, 5.9% Māori, 5.9% Pacific peoples, 30.9% Asian, and 2.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 42.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 50.0% had no religion, 35.3% were Christian, and 14.7% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 30 (16.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 24 (13.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $34,700. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 102 (57.6%) people were employed full-time, 24 (13.6%) were part-time, and 0 (0.0%) were unemployed.[2]

Education and recreation[edit]

Wairau Valley Special School is a coeducational special school, with a roll of 196 students as of November 2020.[3][4] It caters for students up to 21 years old with intellectual disabilities.[5] The North Shore Events Centre, an indoor arena, is in Wairau Valley.


  1. ^ Gregory's Auckland & Surrounds Street Directory (3rd ed.). 2008. map 57. ISBN 978-0-7319-2048-8.
  2. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Wairau Valley (123500). 2018 Census place summary: Wairau Valley
  3. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  4. ^ Education Counts: Wairau Valley Special School
  5. ^ "Mission and Aim". Wairau Valley School.

Coordinates: 36°46′29″S 174°44′17″E / 36.77472°S 174.73806°E / -36.77472; 174.73806