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Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Howick Ward
Local board Howick Local Board
Population 5154 (2018)
North Howick
Northeast Howick
East Somerville
Southeast Northpark
South Cumbria Downs
Southwest Golflands
West Pakuranga Heights
Northwest Highland Park

Botany Downs is an eastern suburb of the city of Auckland, New Zealand. This residential area previously formed part of the East Tamaki area.

In terms of local-body administration, the suburb lies in the Howick ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of the Auckland Council. Since 2008, a general electorate, Botany, has reflected the name of the suburb.



The Botany Town Centre shopping precinct opened in 2001. It was expanded to 62,700 m² in 2019. It has 200 stores including Farmers, New World, Hoyts and Whitcoulls.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 4,800 —    
2013 4,860 +0.18%
2018 5,154 +1.18%

Botany Downs, comprising the statistical areas of Botany Downs West and Botany Downs East, had a population of 5,154 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 294 people (6.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 354 people (7.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,680 households. There were 2,496 males and 2,658 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.94 males per female, with 975 people (18.9%) aged under 15 years, 921 (17.9%) aged 15 to 29, 2,457 (47.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 804 (15.6%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 60.5% European/Pākehā, 5.1% Māori, 3.1% Pacific peoples, 35.2% Asian, and 3.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 49.4%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 46.6% had no religion, 39.3% were Christian, and 8.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,188 (28.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 504 (12.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,253 (53.9%) people were employed full-time, 525 (12.6%) were part-time, and 120 (2.9%) were unemployed.


Botany Downs School is a contributing primary school (years 1–6) with a roll of 527.

Elim Christian College is a state-integrated Christian composite school (years 1–13) with a roll of 859.

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of February 2024.

The main secondary schools for the area are Botany Downs Secondary College and Howick College

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