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Lynfield
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward
Population 7503 (2018)
Surrounds
North New Windsor
East Waikowhai
South Manukau Harbour
West Green Bay
Northwest Blockhouse Bay

Lynfield is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is under the local governance of Auckland Council.

The main road through the centre of Lynfield is 'The Avenue', with many roads branching off, including Halsey Drive, the suburb's longest street, which curves around a large portion of the inner suburb. The Lynfield Reserve is situated off the Avenue , it hosts a children's playground , and world renowned skateboard bowl. On the opposite side of the road is Oriana Reserve and Lynfield Tennis club and courts.

Further up The Avenue is the local inter-denominational church, Lynfield Community Church.

History

The suburb of Lynfield has only been closely settled since the 1950s. The important economic activity of raising poultry was developed. This farm provided table fowls and eggs for the Auckland Area. The original name for the farm was Linfield. Alfred Bankhart established Linfield on land gifted to him by Sir Logan Campbell. Gilletta Road in Lynfield was named after Bankheart's wife's maiden name.

Two gentlemen named Edwards and Cooper grew strawberries on the land now owned by Lynfield College. Thus the Symbol of the plough on their Logo. Eventually in the mid-1950s, the land was made available to make way for a new secondary school which is now Lynfield College.

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 6,570 —    
2013 6,762 +0.41%
2018 7,503 +2.10%

Lynfield, comprising the statistical areas of Lynfield North and Lynfield South, had a population of 7,503 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 741 people (11.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 933 people (14.2%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,247 households. There were 3,753 males and 3,750 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.0 males per female, with 1,272 people (17.0%) aged under 15 years, 1,803 (24.0%) aged 15 to 29, 3,504 (46.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 927 (12.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 31.1% European/Pākehā, 4.6% Māori, 6.7% Pacific peoples, 61.3% Asian, and 3.5% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 57.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 29.4% had no religion, 31.3% were Christian, and 34.8% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,328 (37.4%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 651 (10.4%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,285 (52.7%) people were employed full-time, 846 (13.6%) were part-time, and 219 (3.5%) were unemployed.

Education

Lynfield College is a secondary school for years 9–13 with a roll of 1874. The school was established in 1958.

Halsey Drive School and Marshall Laing School are contributing primary schools for years 1–6 with rolls of 497 and 529 students, respectively.

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of July 2016.

Notable residents

  • Singer Daniel Bedingfield's family originates from Lynfield.
  • Motor racing driver Mitch Evans lives in Lynfield with his family when he is not pursuing his career overseas.
  • Housing developer and evangelist Bill Subritzky and his family lived in Lynfield from the 1960s until his death in 2015.
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