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View of Aotea Lagoon, North Island, New Zealand from the north-east. Royal New Zealand Police College chalets in the foreground with Pipitea miniature railway station across the lagoon.
Basic information
Local authority Porirua City Council
Electoral ward Eastern Ward/Pāuatahanui ki te uunga mai o te ra
Land area 268 ha (1.03 sq mi)*
Population 4,040 (June 2021)
Postcode(s) 5024
Railway station(s) Porirua Station
Ferry terminal(s) n/a
Airport(s) n/a
North Papakōwhai
Northeast Ascot Park
East Waitangirua
Southeast Cannons Creek
South Ranui
Southwest Porirua City Centre
Northwest (Porirua Harbour)

Aotea is a suburb of Porirua.

It covers an area of 2.68 km², including a land area of 2.68 km². The area is entirely inland, but many homes have coastal views.

The suburb has two children's playgrounds and a retirement home.


In 2018, 8% of the workforce worked in healthcare, 7.5% worked in education, 6% worked in construction, 4.2% worked in hospitality, 4.0% worked in transport, and 2.9% of the workforce worked in manufacturing.


Aotea statistical area covers 2.68 km2 (1.03 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 4,040 as of June 2021, with a population density of 1507.46 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 117 —    
2013 2,292 +52.96%
2018 3,138 +6.48%

Aotea had a population of 3,138 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 846 people (36.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,021 people (2582.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,062 households. There were 1,491 males and 1,647 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.91 males per female. The median age was 38.6 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 765 people (24.4%) aged under 15 years, 348 (11.1%) aged 15 to 29, 1,572 (50.1%) aged 30 to 64, and 453 (14.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 70.6% European/Pākehā, 8.2% Māori, 7.2% Pacific peoples, 22.0% Asian, and 2.7% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 31.8%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 44.6% had no religion, 42.2% were Christian, 4.0% were Hindu, 1.1% were Muslim, 1.1% were Buddhist and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 846 (35.7%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 261 (11.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $52,400, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,395 (58.8%) people were employed full-time, 252 (10.6%) were part-time, and 60 (2.5%) were unemployed.


Aotea College is a co-educational state secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students that was founded in 1978. It has a roll of 936 as of July 2016.


As of 2018, among those who commute to work, 63.8% drove a car and 4.9% rode in a car. Although Aotea is close to Porirua's main transit hub, less than 1% walked, ran, biked or took public transport to work.

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