Wilton, New Zealand
|Local authority||Wellington City|
|Land area||246 ha (0.95 sq mi)|
Wilton is a small suburb in Wellington. It is best known for Otari-Wilton's Bush, a large reserve that is situated in the suburb. Otari-Wilton's bush is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants. It features 14 km of walking tracks and a 'canopy walkway'. The canopy walkway is a raised walkway that provides a unique chance to view life in, and from, the top level of trees such as mature tawa, rewarewa and hinau.
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Otari School (Te Kura o Otari) is a decile 10 state-funded full-primary school nestled next to the Otari-Wilton’s Bush. The school encompass's three teaching styles. Montessori, Maori Immersion and the standard New Zealand curriculum. In 2014 it had a roll of 211.
Cardinal McKeefry Catholic Primary School (which opened in 1970, but has origins back to 1876) is a decile 10 co-educational primary school for Year 1 to Year 8 (5 to 13 years old). In 2014 it had a roll of 100.
Job Wilton was a sheep farmer; in 1861 he had a flock of 165 sheep, to be washed in the Kaiwharawhara Stream before shearing. He subdivided his farm in 1915, but Wilton was semi-rural to the 1930s with little housing development until after World War II. A Sunday trip to Wilton’s Bush and Chapman’s Gardens (now the Otari Plant Museum) required walking from the Wadestown tram terminus. From 1944 a feeder bus ran from the terminus. A school opened in 1956. Wilton House in Blackbridge Road was built for Courtenay Place chemist Mr O'Connor and his sister in 1925.
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- Bremner, Julie (1987). Wellington’s Northern Suburbs 1919-1945. Wellington: Millwood Press. ISBN 0-908582-80-3.
- "Community Profile: Wilton". Wellington City Council.
- "eLearning Schools Search". Ministry of Education.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- "Ministry of Education School Rolls". Ministry of Education.
- Bremner 1983, p. 28.
- Bremner 1987, pp. 22,36,67.
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