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Melville, Hamilton
Basic information
Local authority Hamilton, New Zealand
Electoral ward Hamilton West
Population 7779 (2013 Census)
North Hamilton Lake
Northeast Hamilton West
East Hamilton East
Southeast Glenview
South Deanwell
Southwest Temple View
Northwest Frankton

Melville is a suburb in southern Hamilton in New Zealand. It is named after James Dougal Melville. Many of the streets in Melville are named after war heroes, including Douglas Bader, Bernard Montgomery, Odette Hallowes, David Beatty and William Slim. Melville was named after the districts pioneer J Melville who lived in 1904 opposite the site of Melville Primary School. The Hospital paved the way for a great deal of development throughout the Melville area. Opened in 1887 the area quickly became known as Hospital Hill although it was not added to the Hamilton Borough until 1936. Hamilton city extended its boundaries to Collins Road, Melville in 1954 and again in 1962 to Houchens Road, Glenview and Dixon Road, Glenview. In 1960 Melville gained Hamiltons 4th suburban post office which was followed in 1964 with the opening of Melville High School. The facilities in Melville reflected the significant growth of Melville / Glenview throughout the 1950s. Melville lends its name to one of Hamilton's top association football teams, Melville United who compete in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.

Melville was transferred from Waipa County to Hamilton City in 1949. It borders the suburbs of Glenview and Fitzroy.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 6,546 —    
2013 6,798 +0.54%
2018 7,779 +2.73%

Melville, comprising the statistical areas of Melville North, Melville South and Bader, had a population of 7,779 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 981 people (14.4%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,233 people (18.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,646 households. There were 3,774 males and 4,008 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.94 males per female, with 1,803 people (23.2%) aged under 15 years, 2,172 (27.9%) aged 15 to 29, 3,168 (40.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 633 (8.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 49.8% European/Pākehā, 35.8% Māori, 8.5% Pacific peoples, 22.1% Asian, and 2.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 27.3%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 43.2% had no religion, 38.5% were Christian, 3.4% were Hindu, 1.9% were Muslim, 1.4% were Buddhist and 5.5% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,350 (22.6%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,077 (18.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,072 (51.4%) people were employed full-time, 762 (12.8%) were part-time, and 402 (6.7%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Median age Median income
Melville North 2,772 30.1 years $35,100
Melville South 2,451 29.8 years $27,100
Bader 2,556 27.9 years $23,300
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Melville High School is a secondary school serving years 9 to 13 with a roll of 616 students. It opened in 1964.

Melville Intermediate is a school for years 7 to 8 with a roll of 223 students. The school is adjacent to Melville High School.

Melville Primary School is a contributing primary school for years 1 to 6 with a roll of 157 students. The school is separated from Melville Intermediate by State Highway 3. It opened in 1924.

St Pius X School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary school for years 1 to 8 with a roll of 158 students. It was founded in 1958.

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

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