Woodhill, Auckland

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Woodhill
Woodhill is located in New Zealand Auckland
Woodhill
Woodhill
Coordinates: 36°44′50″S 174°26′18″E / 36.74722°S 174.43833°E / -36.74722; 174.43833Coordinates: 36°44′50″S 174°26′18″E / 36.74722°S 174.43833°E / -36.74722; 174.43833
Country New Zealand
Region Auckland Region
District Rodney District

Woodhill is a locality in the Auckland Region of New Zealand. It is in the Western Ward of the Rodney District. Woodhill is approximately 6 kilometres northwest of Waimauku and 10 km south of Helensville on State Highway 16. The North Auckland Line passes through the area. The Woodhill Forest lies to the west.[1][2]

The railway line reached Woodhill in the 1880s, and allowed expansion of the existing farming settlement. Ambury's Creamery shipped the cream by rail to be made into butter in Auckland. A post office was established, and a store opened up opposite the creamery, becoming a social centre until it was destroyed by fire about 1970. The Woodhill Hall was another centre for social gatherings. It contained a library in the late 1920s, and was also used for church services.[3]

In the 1920s, planting of trees to reclaim the sand dunes to the west brought forestry workers to the settlement, and a pine tree nursery was created in Woodhill in 1934. A settlement was created on the hill for the workers and their families. After the forest was privatised in 1987, this settlement disappeared.[3]

Education[edit]

Woodhill School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 6[4] and a roll of 14[5] (February 2017). The school celebrated its 126-year reunion in 2003.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 10. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 34. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ a b "Woodhill". Helensville & District Historical Society. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  4. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Woodhill School
  5. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jubilees & reunions - Woodhill School". Education Gazette New Zealand. 81 (12). 8 July 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-17. [dead link]

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