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Roxy Cinema in Miramar
Roxy Cinema in Miramar
Country New Zealand
Local authority Wellington City
Electoral ward Motukairangi/Eastern Ward
Established 1904
 • Land 287 ha (709 acre)
 (June 2021)
 • Total 10,070
Maupuia Karaka Bay
Worser Bay
Rongotai Strathmore Park Seatoun

Miramar is a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand, south-east of the city centre. It is on the Miramar Peninsula, directly east of the isthmus of Rongotai, the site of Wellington International Airport.


'Miramar' means "sea view" in Spanish. The name was chosen by the first European to settle in the area, Scotsman James Coutts Crawford (1817-1889). Crawford was a former Royal Navy officer turned businessman and colonist, who arrived in Wellington in 1840. Crawford established a farm on the peninsula, which at the time was known as Watt's Peninsula, and drained a large lagoon known as Burnham Water. This lagoon covered much of the low-lying land on the peninsula; now this area is occupied by suburban houses, streets, parks and shops.

The original Māori name for the area when it was still an island was Te Motu Kairangi (meaning "esteemed" or "precious" island). On 18 November 1904 Miramar Borough was formed.

In April 1921, Miramar was incorporated into the City of Wellington. The records of the Miramar Borough Council were transferred to the City of Wellington at the time of amalgamation and can still be accessed today through Wellington City Council.


Prior to World War 2 the then government purchased an independent film company called Kaft Films in Darlington Rd, Miramar and set up a full body, government film production operation, to cover New Zealand's contribution in WW2. It was called the National Film Unit. In 1979 the NFU moved to Avalon, Lower Hutt, NZ, next to the national television entity 'Avalon'. In the late nineties, Sir Peter Jackson purchased the Film Unit, as it was then known, to produce his films. He used the NFU's facilities to an extreme degree while making Braindead. Since then, Jackson has brought the Film Unit back to Miramar, which would now be seen as a sunset arm of his empire.

Film director Sir Peter Jackson and his colleagues Sir Richard Taylor (VFX) and Jamie Selkirk (Editor) have built a series of multimillion-dollar studios, sound stages, and pre- and post-production facilities in Miramar that include Stone Street Studios, Park Road Post, Weta Digital, and Weta Workshop. Jackson filmed the studio scenes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong in Miramar. Miramar has been hailed by Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro as "Hollywood the way God intended it".


Miramar, comprising the statistical areas of Miramar North, Miramar Central, Miramar East and Miramar South, covers 2.87 km2 (1.11 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 10070 as of June 2021, with a population density of 3509 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 9,210 —    
2013 9,486 +0.42%
2018 9,831 +0.72%

Miramar had a population of 9,831 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 345 people (3.6%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 621 people (6.7%) since the 2006 census. There were 3,585 households. There were 4,851 males and 4,989 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female, with 1,881 people (19.1%) aged under 15 years, 1,770 (18.0%) aged 15 to 29, 4,794 (48.8%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,389 (14.1%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 66.6% European/Pākehā, 8.6% Māori, 9.3% Pacific peoples, 20.7% Asian, and 6.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 32.9%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 44.6% had no religion, 37.4% were Christian, 5.7% were Hindu, 1.4% were Muslim, 2.8% were Buddhist and 2.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 2,475 (31.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 1,206 (15.2%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 4,302 (54.1%) people were employed full-time, 1,071 (13.5%) were part-time, and 282 (3.5%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Miramar North 1,347 465 36.8 years $34,000
Miramar Central 1,971 783 39.8 years $32,300
Miramar East 3,003 1,080 38.9 years $47,300
Miramar South 3,510 1,257 38.1 years $36,600
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


State primary schools

Miramar Central School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 6 students, with a roll of 256 as of July 2016.

Miramar North School is also a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 266.

Christian primary schools

Holy Cross School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 190.

Miramar Christian School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 47.

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