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|Mount Roskill / Mt Roskill|
Mount Roskill from Big King. The Waitakere Ranges in the background.
Location of Mount Roskill in Auckland.
|Local authority||Auckland Council|
|North||Balmoral, Eden Valley|
|West||New Windsor, New Zealand, Wesley|
The mountain formed as a result of volcanic activity some 20,000 years ago. Its peak, located in present-day Winstone Park towards the southwest end of the suburb, is 110 metres in height - one of the many extinct cones which dot the isthmus of Auckland, all of which form part of the Auckland Volcanic Field. The scoria cone was built by fire-fountaining from two craters. Lava flowed from the base of the cone to the north and to the northwest. It was the site of a pā, and was known as Puketāpapa ("the flat-topped mountain" in Te Reo Māori) and as Pukewīwī. The main southern crater was excavated in 1961-1962 and filled with a water-supply reservoir. The reservoir is no longer in active service, and is only maintained as an emergency supply.
Since 2009 the extension of State Highway 20 has passed close to the cone. The effects of the new motorway on the cone had been the subject of significant discussion, and a major mitigation package had been proposed to reduce the impact of the motorway (and the continuation of the Waikaraka Cycleway that runs parallel to it).
The funding of this mitigation and the missing cycleway section was briefly in doubt in 2009, when a cost blowout to $2 million was criticised after Council had set aside $1.6 million. Cycling advocates from Cycle Action Auckland, the Mount Roskill Community Board Chairman Richard Barter and Councillor John Lister however noted various elements unrelated to the cycleway that had driven up the cost, such as a toilet block, bluestone walls, extensive landscaping and artwork, much of it related to Winstone Park itself, or the effects of the motorway. The cycle-path section itself was priced at only $300,000. The path section was finished after six months of construction work and it (and the park facilities) opened to the public on 25 July 2010.
The suburb, named after the Mount, is located seven kilometres to the south of the city centre, and is surrounded by the neighbouring suburbs of Three Kings, Sandringham, Wesley, Hillsborough and Mount Albert. The Mount Roskill shops are located at the intersection of Mount Albert and Dominion Roads.
In the 1920s, a new subdivision off Dominion Road was established. It was named the Victory Estate after notable First World War personnel.
One of the city's larger suburbs, it was largely farmland until after the Second World War. It was a separate borough from 1947 until local government reorganisation in 1989 amalgamated it with Auckland City.
In the past, Mount Roskill was referred to as the Bible Belt of Auckland, as it contained the highest number of churches per capita in New Zealand. The electorate was one of the last in the country to go "wet", in 1999, having formally been a dry area where the selling of alcohol was prohibited.
Mount Roskill is an ethnically diverse community with at least 54 different nationalities represented there, making it one of the most diverse suburbs in New Zealand.
The local secondary school is Mount Roskill Grammar.
Mt Roskill Library was built and opened to public in August 1977. It was refurbished and the floor area extended in November 2011. Mt Roskill Library has English, Maori, Chinese, Tamil, Arabic and Somali collections.
Sport and recreation
Mount Roskill Rugby Football Club, Bay Roskill Vikings, and Eden Roskill District Cricket Club are based in the suburb.
Dominion Road School
|Dominion Road School|
|Type||State, Co-educational, Primary|
|Motto||Onward and Upward|
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||1261|
|School roll||339 (July 2016)|
Dominion Road school is a decile 3 primary school on Quest Terrace. As of 2014, there were 332 students and the school principal was Marian Caulfield, who started in 2001. The school has 20 teaching spaces which are all multipurpose. It is close to the central city.
Mount Roskill has been home to many successful New Zealanders who attended the local schools. Among them are:
- Rugby coach John Hart,
- Billionaire Graeme Hart,
- Rugby union international Doug Howlett,
- Actor and South Sydney Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe,
- Evangelist Bill Subritzky,
- Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard,
- Tennis player Brett Steven,
- Labour MP Phil Goff,
- Balmain Tigers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Penrith Panthers and Parramatta Eels and New Zealand rugby league international, 1992 Dally M Medallist, former Kiwi coach and commentator Gary Freeman
- Rugby league (Warriors, Manly, Kiwi) and rugby union (All Blacks) dual international Matthew Ridge
- Rugby league (Bulldogs, Roosters, Kiwi) and rugby union (Crusaders, Chiefs, All Blacks) dual international player Sonny Bill Williams
- Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, South Sydney Rabbitohs and New Zealand Rugby League international, former captain of the latter two- Roy Asotasi
- Former rugby league international Dane O'Hara
- Former rugby league international and New Zealand Maori representative Bill Burgoyne
- Former New Zealand Warriors, Melbourne Storm, St George-Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels and Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league international, New Zealand Maori representative and current NRL referee Henry Perenara
- Former Parramatta Eels rugby league player Marcus Perenara
- Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and New Zealand rugby league international Steve Matai
- New Zealand Warriors captain, rugby league international and professional boxer Monty Betham
- Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Wests Tigers rugby league international Matt Utai
- Sydney Roosters, St. Helens and New Zealand rugby league international Sia Soliola
- New Zealand Warriors and Kiwi rugby league international Evarn Tuimavave
- Parramatta Eels rugby league player Manu Ma'u
- Sydney Roosters rugby league player Adam Henry
- Wests Tigers rugby league player James Gavet
- New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Ben Henry
- Canberra Raiders rugby league player Bill Tupou
- Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league player Sosaia Feki
- New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Sione Lousi
- New Zealand Warriors rugby league player Sam Lousi
- Newcastle Knights rugby league player Paterika Vaivai
- The Hay family (of Keith Hay Homes)
- Professional cricket player Azhar Abbas
- New York Times Best Selling author Nalini Singh
In 2007, the Mount Roskill Community Board commissioned a 176-page book titled Just Passing Through: A History of Mt Roskill (Jade Reidy) which covered the growth of the district from 1840 up until the present time. It identified the significant input of Mount Roskill residents internationally, such as athletics coach Arthur Lydiard in the chapter "How Sport Put Mt Roskill on the World Map."
- Nicola Legat:"In God We Trust? The Mount Roskillisation of Auckland" Metro 152 (February 1994): 58-67.
- Volcanoes of Auckland: The Essential Guide. Hayward, B.W., Murdoch, G., Maitland, G.; Auckland University Press, 2011.
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