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Cannons Creek
Aerial view of Porirua east of downtown.jpg
Cannon's Creek is in the middle and upper part of the photo, with Waitangirua at the very top and Rānui at the bottom.
Basic information
Local authority Porirua
Electoral ward Eastern Ward/Pāuatahanui ki te uunga mai o te ra
Land area 393 ha (1.52 sq mi)*
Population 9630 (June 2021)
North Waitangirua
Southeast Belmont Regional Park
South Takapu Valley
West Rānui

Cannons Creek is a suburb of Porirua City approximately 22km north of Wellington in New Zealand.


Cannons Creek, comprising the statistical areas of Cannons Creek North, Cannons Creek East and Cannons Creek South, covers 3.56 km2 (1.37 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 9630 as of June 2021, with a population density of 2705 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 8,604 —    
2013 8,220 −0.65%
2018 8,973 +1.77%

Cannons Creek had a population of 8,973 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 753 people (9.2%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 369 people (4.3%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,262 households. There were 4,383 males and 4,593 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female, with 2,589 people (28.9%) aged under 15 years, 2,313 (25.8%) aged 15 to 29, 3,375 (37.6%) aged 30 to 64, and 696 (7.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 24.3% European/Pākehā, 26.6% Māori, 62.7% Pacific peoples, 8.6% Asian, and 3.1% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 30.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 26.3% had no religion, 58.6% were Christian, 0.8% were Hindu, 2.9% were Muslim, 1.6% were Buddhist and 2.7% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 498 (7.8%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,653 (25.9%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,640 (41.4%) people were employed full-time, 840 (13.2%) were part-time, and 642 (10.1%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Cannons Creek North 3,474 915 27.1 years $20,000
Cannons Creek East 3,879 933 27.4 years $19,900
Cannons Creek South 1,620 414 27.9 years $24,100
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Primary schools

Cannons Creek has four co-educational state contributing primary schools for Year 1 to 6 students:

  • Cannons Creek School, with a roll of 154
  • Glenview School, with a roll of .
  • Maraeroa School, with a roll of 115.
  • Russell School, with a roll of 115.

Windley School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 337 as of July 2016.

Holy Family School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 6 students, with a roll of 166 as of July 2016.

Intermediate school

Brandon Intermediate is a co-educational state intermediate school for Year 7 to 8 students, with a roll of 138 as of July 2016.

Secondary schools

Porirua College is a co-educational state secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students, with a roll of 520 as of July 2016. It was founded in 1968.

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