|Manukau City |
|Name ||Manakau City |
|Population ||326,200 (2004 est.) |
|Area || |
|Extent ||East to Hauraki Gulf. |
South to Papakura.
West to Manakau Harbour.
North to Tamaki Strait.
|Name ||Auckland |
Manukau City is a city in the Greater Auckland region of New Zealand. While officially described as being a city unto itself, Manukau is a de facto part of the city of Auckland, there not being any clear divisions between Manukau and the rest of the city other than administrative boundaries and some harbour inlets. The area is commonly referred to as South Auckland, but this term does not possess any official recognition and does not encompass East Auckland, which is within the official boundaries of Manukau City.
The name Manukau is of Maori origin, and may mean "wading birds", although it has been suggested that the name of the harbour after which the city is named was originally Manuka, a type of native tree.
The Manukau City area is concentrated immediately to the south of the Otahuhu isthmus, the narrowest connection between Auckland City and the Northland region and the rest of the north island. At its narrowest, between the Otahuhu Creek arm of the Tamaki River (itself an estuarial arm of the Hauraki Gulf) in the east and the Mangere Inlet (an arm of the Manukau Harbour) to the west, the isthmus is only some 1500 metres across.
The area to the south of the isthmus contains the heart of Manukau, sprawled on either side of State Highways 1 and 20, the latter of which approaches from the west after crossing Mangere Bridge. The area known as Manukau central is located close to the junction of these two highways, some 20 kilometres southeast of the centre of Auckland city.
Considerable rural and semi-rural land to the east of Manukau central is also within the city's limits. This extends towards the Hunua Ranges close to the Firth of Thames, and takes in such communities as Clevedon and Maraetai.
Beyond Manukau to the south lie Papakura and the Franklin district, which are less urban but still part of the Auckland Region and to some extent regarded as an integral part of Auckland's urban area.
Auckland International Airport is located in Mangere, in the west of Manukau, close to the waters of the Manukau Harbour.
For some years before the 1989 reorganisation of local government, the then Manukau City had the highest population of any city or district in the country.
Like most of the rest of the region, Manukau is ethnically diverse, and is home to many cultures, especially Maori and members of Polynesian ethnicities, with a recent concentration of Asians in and near Howick. It is densely populated by New Zealand standards, despite having very few apartments.
Suburbs of Manukau
Inner suburbs, clockwise from the centre of Manukau Central, starting from due north
- East Tamaki, Clover Park, Manukau Heights, Totara Heights, Manurewa, Wiri, Papatoetoe, Mangere, Middlemore, Otahuhu, Otara.
Outer suburbs, clockwise from the centre of Manukau Central, starting from due north
Elected Members (October 2004)
- Mayor Sir Barry Curtis [Kt Bach, 1991], JP
- Cr Anne Candy QSO, JP (Deputy Mayor, Manurewa)
- Cr Dick Quax (Botany-Clevedon)
- Cr Jan Sinclair (Botany-Clevedon)
- Cr Jami-Lee Ross (Howick)
- Cr Sharon Stewart QSM (Howick)
- Cr Alf Filipaina (Mangere)
- Cr James Papali'i (Mangere)
- Cr Arthur Solomon (Mangere)
- Cr Colleen Brown MNZM, JP (Manurewa)
- Cr Peter Kelly (Manurewa)
- Cr John Walker (Manurewa)
- Cr Arthur Anae (Otara)
- Cr Su'a William Sio (Otara)
- Cr David Collings (Pakuranga)
- Cr Neil Morrison (Pakuranga)
- Cr Noel Burnside (Papatoetoe)
- Cr Bob Wichman (Papatoetoe)
- Manukau Directory and Info (http://www.manukau.govt.nz/manukau.htm)
- Profiles of relevant websites, including a separate subcategory for each electoral ward (http://zeal.com/category/preview.jhtml?cid=10118778)