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Papakura District
Country: New Zealand
Main town: Papakura
Other towns: Alfriston, Drury, Pahurehure, Ardmore, Redhill, Takanini
Population: 45,283 (2006 census)
Papakura (central) 28,010
Takanini 10,870
Territorial Authority
Name: Papakura District
Mayor: John Robertson
Extent: Takanini to Drury; Pahurehure to Ardmore/Alfriston
Land Area: 123 km²
Website: http://www.papakura.govt.nz
See also: Manukau City, Franklin
Council Contacts
Postal Address 35 Coles Cres,
Private Bag 7,
Internet pdc.govt.nz
E-Mail (@link)
Regional Council
Name: Auckland Regional Council
Website: http://www.arc.govt.nz
Papakura district (boundary red, urban area orange) in relation to the Auckland metropolitan area (grey)
Papakura district (boundary red, urban area orange) in relation to the Auckland metropolitan area (grey)

The Papakura District is one of the several local territories in New Zealand's Auckland Region. It is nearly the southernmost part of the Auckland metropolitan area, and forms part of the areas informally known as South Auckland and East Auckland . This is an alphabetical list of countries of the world, including independent states (both those that are internationally recognised and generally unrecognised), inhabited dependent territories and areas of special sovereignty. ... Image File history File links Papakuralogo. ... This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... There have been several individuals called John Robertson of note. ... Manukau City is a city in the Greater Auckland region of New Zealand. ... A true-colour image showing the Auckland area. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Regions is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... Image File history File links Papakura_district_map. ... Image File history File links Papakura_district_map. ... The Auckland Region is one of the 16 Regions of New Zealand, named for Auckland City, the large city at its heart. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ... South Auckland is a common name for a part of Auckland, New Zealand. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Auckland. ...

Originally a small independent city, it became Papakura District in the 1989 reorganisation of New Zealand's local governments, and has now been overtaken by Auckland’s urban sprawl. The district is flanked by beaches on the Manukau Harbour to the west, Manukau City to the north, and farmland to the east and south, with Drury the closest town in that direction. Location of Manukau Harbour. ... Manukau City (orange). ... Drury can refer to several things: Drury, a town in New Zealand Drury University, formerly Drury College Drury Hotels operator of Drury Inns Drury Lane, a famous street in the City of London Drury, a bridge convention People named Drury: Adam Drury Allen Stuart Drury novelist Charles Drury Chris Drury...



District Wards

The district is divided into four wards; Ardmore, Drury, Red Hill, and Pahurehure.

  • Ardmore Ward is northernmost, including routes to Ardmore.
  • Pahurehure Ward is north and west.
  • Drury Ward is southernmost, bounded by Franklin. It includes motorway links and routes to Karaka.
  • Red Hill Ward lies to the east, and includes routes to Hunua and Clevedon.

The district has a few beaches to the west, although some of these beaches are unable to be used due to tidal mud flats These beaches are often used for BMX biking and regional projects and are closely watched by local councils.

List of Suburbs

Below is a list of suburbs in the Papakura District.

Inner Suburbs

(Clockwise starting north of Papakura's central town center)

  • Addison, Papakura, Takanini, Conifer Grove, Longford Park, Papakura Central, Opaheke, Rosehill, and Pahurehure.

Outer Suburbs

(Clockwise starting northwest of Takanini's central township)

  • Manurewa East, Ardmore, and Red Hill.

Satellite Towns

  • Conifer Grove
  • Takanini
  • Papakura
  • Pahurehure

Red Hill is believed to be Papakura's most picturesque suburb, with views of approaches to Papakura and the greater Auckland area.


Papakura's name originates from Māori words papa, meaning earth or flat (abbreviation of Papatuanuku) and kura meaning red, reflecting the rich, fertile soil upon which the district was founded. The indigeneous Māori people built a Pa named Puke-Kiwi-Riki, at the top of Red Hill, overlooking the Manukau Harbour and surrounding countryside, to Manukau Heights. Puke-Kiwi-Riki was once the domain of a diminutive but respected Ngati-Paoa chief named Kiwi.

Great South Road, runs through some of Papakura's suburbs, forming the area's main street. The road was constructed during the New Zealand Wars to transport supplies to the Waikato campaign. Much of the road between Newmarket (Auckland City) and Drury (Franklin District) is laid in concrete, up to 1 foot thick but is now covered with asphalt.

In the major reformation of local government in 1989 Papakura became a district. Prior to that time, a smaller area was known as Papakura City, which was a small city of New Zealand, but the new area included parts of the surrounding rural countryside that had previously been part of Manukau City. After the major change “Papakura City” went to “Papakura District”, and instead of being an independent city, the area was amalgamated with Auckland, including it into the Auckland Region. The district was now apart of the Auckland Metropolitan Area, and was soon put on southern boundaries of Auckland City. Schematic map of Auckland. ... The Auckland Region is one of the 16 Regions of New Zealand, named for Auckland City, the large city at its heart. ...


Papakura District’s population is estimated to be growing at three times the rate of New Zealand as a whole and is predominantly European. It features a mixture of ethnicities which is fairly typical of New Zealand, although over 20% of its residents are Māori and less than 75% are European.[1] The city council is planning for Papakura's population to more than triple within the next 50 years.[2]


  • Papakura - 28010
  • Takanini - 10870
  • Drury (Franklin District) - 3360
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Local Facilities

An ADK unit (operated by Veolia for MAXX), at Papakura Station

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Papakura boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Massey Park Aquatic Centre (associated with Mount Albert's Philips Aquatic Centre), an international-quality athletics track, a small yet handy sports stadium, and several venues for rugby, netball, golf, tennis, badminton, soccer and other sports. Mount Albert is a volcanic peak and suburban area in the city of Auckland, New Zealand. ...

Outdoor Recreation

While Pahurehure, Papakura West, and Eastern areas of Papakura have beaches, there are more popular beaches nearby at Maraetai, Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive, Orere Point, and Kawakawa Bay on the Hauraki Gulf. A 30 minute drive southeast of the Papakura District is the Hunua Ranges (in Franklin District). This Auckland Regional attraction features a waterfall and forested walking tracks. Since Papakura has no major river, just a stream, much of Auckland's water (including Papakura District’s) is supplied from reservoirs in the Hunua Ranges. Maraetai is one of the towns which make up Manukau city and is the easternmost suburb of greater Auckland in New Zealand. ... Orere Point is a large rural suburb of Manukau City in Auckland. ... A true-colour image showing Auckland city (left), the Hauraki Gulf (centre) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right). ... The Hunua Ranges are an area of hilly country to the southeast of Auckland in New Zealands North Island. ... A true-colour image showing the Auckland area. ...

British Long Range Desert Group Memorial at Papakura Army Base.
British Long Range Desert Group Memorial at Papakura Army Base.

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Ardmore Airport

Ardmore Airport serves recreational aviators and private flights. It is the haven for local pilots. 2005: A small aircraft was stolen from Ardmore on election night in 2005, with the pilot threatening to fly the envio aircraft into the city's Sky Tower. The Sky Tower was slowly evacuated and the pilot eventually crashed the plane off the sea in Kohimarama, in Central Auckland.[3][4] Ardmore Airport (IATA: AMZ, ICAO: NZAR) is an airport 3 NM (5. ... Wikinews has news related to: Results of the 2005 New Zealand General Election The 2005 New Zealand general election took place on 17 September 2005 and determined the composition of the 48th New Zealand Parliament. ... Looking up at the Sky Tower / Sky Tower lit up at night. ... Kohimarama is an Auckland suburb. ...


In addition to the Local Council Chambers, Papakura is served by a large Police Department; one of Auckland's busiest stations, a District Courthouse, and a WINZ office. In 2004, the Papakura Courthouse acted as the Supreme Court for Pitcairn Island. WINZ, AM 940 South Florida, is a progressive talk radio station that serves Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby cities. ... On 30 September 2004, seven men living on Pitcairn Island (including Steve Christian, the Mayor), went on trial facing 55 charges relating to sexual offences. ... The Supreme Court of the Pitcairn Islands was a special court set up to try the Pitcairn sexual assault trial of 2004. ...

Army Base

Papakura North was once home to the New Zealand Army But now only the SAS special forces are located there.[5] Nearby Homes were orgionally Army Homes, but are now in private hands. They are located on the streets of Arimu Road, Russell Ave, and Dittmar Place, located just 2 minutes away. Ngāti Tumatauenga or New Zealand Army is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... The Special Air Service of New Zealand (NZ SAS) was formed in June 1955 as an elite New Zealand Army unit capable of undertaking special missions. ...


Auckland's southern motorway and the North Island Main Trunk Railway run through the Papakura District and a large airfield is located nearby at Ardmore. Bus and train services provide the bulk of public transport, with frequent services between Papakura and the CBD (Britomart). Recent investment has focused on upgrading and refurbishing the region's trains and suburban railway stations. Papakura is the final stop for most southbound public transport in Auckland. Papakura is widely affected by Auckland's acute traffic congestion problems, Transit New Zealand always focuses on these issues and helps prevent major congestion build-up throughout the region. State Highway 1 State Highway 1 is the most significant single element of the New Zealand roading network State Highway 1 can be considered as a single highway running the length of both main islands, a total of 2027 km. ...


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It may contain speculative information and may change upon or during construction.
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Currently, McLennan Park, the 24ha site is the future site of also a new suburb: McLennan. The development company "McConnell Property" has agreed to take over the development of the land from "Housing New Zealand", the former owners. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Image File history File links Bridge_drawing. ...

After rezoning approvals McLennan plans to have around about 450 modern homes being built, a new school, a new college, an early childhood service centre, a sports centre with large grounds, and a couple of modern public parks. Again, this project is believed to increase the local market value of the surrounding areas in the future.

Construction will start in approximately early 2007 and the project is believed to be completed in the next 10-12 years.

News & Media

The Papakura community newspaper is the Papakura Courier, and The Papakura Aucklander.


  1. ^ Papakura District Community Profile. Statistics New Zealand (2003). Retrieved on 2006-08-17.
  2. ^ Progress Papakura: Long Term Council Community Plan 2006 - 2016: Volume 1 (PDF) 6 (2006). Retrieved on 2006-08-15.
  3. ^ Pilot survives plane crash after drama. TVNZ. Retrieved on 2006-08-19.
  4. ^ Jilted pilot jailed for NZ tower crash threat. ABC News Online. Retrieved on 2006-08-19.
  5. ^ Forces and Locations. New Zealand Defence Force. Retrieved on 2006-08-19.

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External links

  • Papakura District Council
  • Interactive Maps: zoomin.co.nz     District Plan     Wises
  • 2006 Census results (provisional) (Excel format)
  • Some histories of Papakura
  • Breakwater against the Tide, by Elsdon Craig A definitive history of Papakura.
  • Papakura Marae
  • Rosehill College
  • Papakura High School
  • Papakura District Coat of Arms description of civic heraldry

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Coordinates: 37°05′S, 174°57′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Papakura: Information from Answers.com (869 words)
Papakura is flanked by the southern reaches of the Manukau Harbour to the west, and farmland to the east.
Papakura is bounded by Manukau City to the north and east, Franklin District to the south and the Manukau Harbour to the northwest.
The seat of the "Papakura District Council" is in Papakura.
Papakura at AllExperts (484 words)
Papakura is located between the Manukau Harbour and the Franklin District, 32km south of the CBD of Auckland city.
The Papakura District is a municipality within greater Auckland, one of the seven councils administering the region.
Papakura township is the seat of the Papakura District Council, serving a population of 40,665 as of the 2001 census.
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