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St Paul's Church
St Paul's Church
Country New Zealand
Region Waikato region
District Waikato District
50 m (160 ft)
 (2018 census)
 • Territorial 1,173
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)

Buckland is in the Franklin Ward of Auckland Regional Council, on the south-east side of Pukekohe, between Pukekohe and Tuakau, and on the northern boundary of Waikato District. The meshblocks of Buckland had these populations in 2013 – 0824401 57, 0824402 57, 0824403 54, 0824404 60, 0824405 60, 0824406 57, 0824407 51, 0824408 51.

Buckland is probably named after a local land owner. The 2010 publication, Place Names of New Zealand, says that was Alfred Buckland, but in 2017 the Specialist Built Heritage Unit of Auckland Council named William Thorne Buckland.

There is a church, opened in 1900, a hall and a primary school. Buckland had a railway station from 1875 to 1969.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 969 —    
2013 1,041 +1.03%
2018 1,173 +2.42%

The statistical area of Buckland, which extends beyond the town to cover rural land to the south and east of Pukekohe, had a population of 1,173 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 132 people (12.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 204 people (21.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 384 households. There were 588 males and 585 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.01 males per female. The median age was 40.7 years, with 246 people (21.0%) aged under 15 years, 222 (18.9%) aged 15 to 29, 528 (45.0%) aged 30 to 64, and 177 (15.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 82.1% European/Pākehā, 16.1% Māori, 4.1% Pacific peoples, 10.0% Asian, and 2.0% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 17.4%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 55.2% had no religion, 33.8% were Christian, 2.6% were Hindu, 0.3% were Muslim, 0.5% were Buddhist and 1.5% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 150 (16.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 183 (19.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $37,200. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 501 (54.0%) people were employed full-time, 153 (16.5%) were part-time, and 24 (2.6%) were unemployed.


Buckland School is a full primary school (years 1–8) with a roll of 226. The school opened in 1894.

Pukekohe Christian School is a private composite school (years 1–13) with a roll of 330. It is about 1.3 km northeast of Buckland.

Both schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of February 2024.

Other Bucklands in New Zealand

Buckland is also the name of small settlements east of Cambridge, in the Waikato region, and north east of Feilding.

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