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Belfast
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Christchurch City
Ward Shirley-Papanui
Population (2006 census)
 • Total 6,426

Belfast is a suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is in the north of the city 10 km from Cathedral Square, close to the banks of the Waimakariri River.

History

Belfast is named after Belfast in Northern Ireland. It was originally known as North Road District, Seven Mile Peg, Styx, or by its Māori name Purarekanui. James McNeight Watt (1838–1892) emigrated from Belfast and was a partner with the original meat works, around which the settlement grew. Watt, who developed much of the area, is believed to have given it its present name.

Location and services

Belfast is well known for the freezing works, Northwood New World and the Northwood 'Supa Centa', which houses The Warehouse, Countdown, Smiths City and a Subway restaurant, amongst others. In 2006 the Barracutta bar which is now called Styx and Stones opened among these.

Belfast is home to the Belfast Rugby Club, which competes in the Christchurch rugby competition. The team's colours are green and gold. Its main sports ground is Sheldon Park. The northern end of the suburb houses light industry.

In recent years the Northwood subdivision was built near Belfast. This is part of Belfast, but is generally agreed to be a subdivision and an autonomous region.


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