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Eastern Favona, South Mangere Inlet.jpg
Favona from the air, looking south.
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Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Manukau
Population 5,934 (2001)
North (Mangere Inlet / Manukau Harbour)
Northeast (Mangere Inlet / Manukau Harbour)
East Otahuhu, (Harania Creek)
Southeast Mangere East
South Mangere
Southwest Mangere
West Mangere Bridge
Northwest Mangere Bridge

Favona is a mostly industry-dominated suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, and is part of the Mangere area. The suburb is in the Manukau ward, one of the thirteen administrative divisions of Auckland city, and is under governance of the Auckland Council.

The area has a long history of habitation, due to its fertile lands, a productive harbour, and proximity to the Manukau-Tamaki isthmus. Māori of Ngāti Whātua were the inhabitants until they were supplanted by European farmers in the 19th century. The development of market gardening brought more people into the area and the land remained used in this way until the 1960s when housing developments were created to service Auckland's growing population and industry in nearby Onehunga and Otahuhu. Some areas of Favona also historically had large areas of greenhouses, such as for tomato production.

The area is one is of relative poverty and until 2005 had one of New Zealand's largest trailer parks. It hosts the Mangere campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Numerous shipping and freight forwarding companies have premises in the industrial areas, including the national distribution headquarters of supermarket chain Progressive Enterprises.

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