Westmere, New Zealand

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Westmere viewed from Meola Reef to the west
Westmere viewed from Meola Reef to the west
Coordinates: 36°51′18″S 174°43′12″E / 36.855°S 174.720°E / -36.855; 174.720Coordinates: 36°51′18″S 174°43′12″E / 36.855°S 174.720°E / -36.855; 174.720
CountryNew Zealand
Local authorityAuckland Council
Electoral wardWaitematā and Gulf ward
Local boardWaitematā Local Board
 • Land65 ha (161 acres)
 (June 2021)[2]
 • Total2,320
(Waitematā Harbour) (Coxs Bay, Waitematā) Herne Bay, (Coxs Bay)
Point Chevalier
Point Chevalier Western Springs Grey Lynn

Westmere is a residential suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. Westmere is under the local governance of the Auckland Council. The suburb was originally a working-class area, containing some state houses; mostly private housing originating from housing development in the 1920s. It is known for its Californian style bungalow architecture. It is now a highly sought-after residential location with extensive redevelopment.

Westmere is broadly bisected by Garnet Road and is bounded by Coxs Bay to the North and the green belt running from Western Springs, the Auckland Zoo and Western Springs College to the South and West.

In 2016 Auckland Transport proposed significant changes to Westmere's main roads (Garnet Road, Old Mill Road, etc.) to create safer infrastructure for cyclists, with physically-separate cycle lanes, making safe daily travel between homes and schools even easier than currently.


The statistical area of Westmere North is slightly smaller than the suburb, which extends into the statistical area of Westmere South-Western Springs. Westmere North covers 0.65 km2 (0.25 sq mi)[1] and had an estimated population of 2,320 as of June 2021,[2] with a population density of 3,569 people per km2.

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [3]

Westmere North had a population of 2,343 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 48 people (2.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 195 people (9.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 756 households, comprising 1,143 males and 1,200 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female. The median age was 40.5 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 489 people (20.9%) aged under 15 years, 438 (18.7%) aged 15 to 29, 1,161 (49.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 255 (10.9%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 86.3% European/Pākehā, 8.1% Māori, 5.1% Pacific peoples, 9.2% Asian, and 2.2% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.

The percentage of people born overseas was 20.4, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people chose not to answer the census's question about religious affiliation, 59.0% had no religion, 30.2% were Christian, 0.1% had Māori religious beliefs, 3.2% were Hindu, 0.4% were Muslim, 0.8% were Buddhist and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 897 (48.4%) people had a bachelor's or higher degree, and 159 (8.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $53,600, compared with $31,800 nationally. 753 people (40.6%) earned over $70,000 compared to 17.2% nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,038 (56.0%) people were employed full-time, 315 (17.0%) were part-time, and 51 (2.8%) were unemployed.[3]


Westmere School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 437 as of March 2022.[4][5]

Pasadena Intermediate School in Point Chevalier is well within walking/cycling distance for students in between primary and secondary. The closest State secondary school is Western Springs College (other options are Avondale College and Mount Albert Grammar School).


  1. ^ a b "ArcGIS Web Application". statsnz.maps.arcgis.com. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Westmere North (129800). 2018 Census place summary: Westmere North
  4. ^ "New Zealand Schools Directory". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
  5. ^ Education Counts: Westmere School

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