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Fendalton
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Punting at Mona Vale, a prominent park and former homestead in Fendalton.
Punting at Mona Vale, a prominent park and former homestead in Fendalton.
Fendalton is located in New Zealand
Fendalton
Fendalton
Location in New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Local authority Christchurch
Electoral ward Fendalton
Established 1850
Area
 • Land 217 ha (536 acre)
Population
 (June 2021)
 • Total 4,570
Postcode(s)
8052
Bryndwr Strowan
Ilam
Fendalton
Merivale
Upper Riccarton Riccarton (Hagley Park)
Daniel Inwood's first flourmill at Christchurch
Daniel Inwood's flour mill in Fendalton, 1853

Fendalton is a suburb of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand.

History

Fendalton was originally known as Fendall Town, named after the original settler of the land, Walpole Cheshire Fendall (1830–1913). Fendall emigrated from Yorkshire in 1850 and took up land north of the Waimairi Stream. The name Fendall Town was soon applied to the area northwest of Hagley Park all the way to where the airport is located today. Early spelling also included Fendall's Town and Fendaltown, but by the 1880s Fendalton had become the most common form.

A history of the suburb can be found in "Fendall's Legacy: A history of Fendalton and north-west Christchurch" by Frieda Looser.

Notable buildings include St Barnabas Church and Daresbury.

Location and services

Fendalton is situated to the west of the city centre, close to the University of Canterbury at Ilam and the major retail area of Riccarton. It is also close to the main route from the central city to the Christchurch International Airport to the northwest.

Fendalton has a reputation as one of the country's more well-to-do and refined suburbs, and is one of the older residential districts of the city.

One high school lies directly within the suburb - Christchurch Boys' High School. While Christchurch Girls' High School catchment zone encompasses much of Fendalton, the school itself lies within the suburb of Riccarton. Fendalton is served by one state intermediate school Cobham Intermediate School. The main primary school in Fendalton is Fendalton Open Air School, originally called Clyde Road Primary School.


Demographics

Fendalton, comprising the statistical areas of Fendalton and Deans Bush, covers 2.17 km2 (0.84 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 4570 as of June 2021, with a population density of 2106 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 4,737 —    
2013 4,578 −0.49%
2018 4,515 −0.28%

Fendalton had a population of 4,515 at the 2018 New Zealand census, a decrease of 63 people (-1.4%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 222 people (-4.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,656 households. There were 2,202 males and 2,313 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.95 males per female, with 678 people (15.0%) aged under 15 years, 993 (22.0%) aged 15 to 29, 1,866 (41.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 975 (21.6%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 84.2% European/Pākehā, 3.9% Māori, 1.2% Pacific peoples, 14.0% Asian, and 1.7% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 27.4%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 46.4% had no religion, 44.9% were Christian, 1.1% were Hindu, 0.7% were Muslim, 0.5% were Buddhist and 2.2% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,539 (40.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 297 (7.7%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,626 (42.4%) people were employed full-time, 687 (17.9%) were part-time, and 105 (2.7%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Fendalton 1,998 750 46.4 years $44,200
Deans Bush 2,517 906 45.7 years $36,800
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800

Education

One high school lies directly within the suburb - Christchurch Boys' High School. The school includes boarding facilities, and has a roll of 1382. The school opened in 1881, and moved to its present site in 1926.

While Christchurch Girls' High School catchment zone encompasses much of Fendalton, the school itself lies within the suburb of Riccarton.

The local state intermediate school is Cobham Intermediate School.

The main primary school in Fendalton is Fendalton Open Air School, originally called Clyde Road Primary School. It has a roll of 448. It opened in 1875.

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