kids encyclopedia robot

Pakuranga facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Tamaki River With The Two Bridges 02.jpg
Pakuranga, looking east (the suburb is the "peninsula"-shape on the far side of the Tamaki River)
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Howick Ward
Local board Howick Local Board
Population 7689 (2018)
North (Tamaki River), Glen Innes
Northeast Sunnyhills
East Pakuranga Heights
Southeast East Tāmaki
South (Tamaki River)
Southwest (Tamaki River), Ōtāhuhu
West (Tamaki River), Mount Wellington
Northwest (Tamaki River), Panmure

Pakuranga is a eastern suburb of Auckland, in northern New Zealand. Pakuranga covers a series of low ridges and previously swampy flats, now drained, that lie between the Pakuranga Creek and Tamaki River, two estuarial arms of the Hauraki Gulf. It is located to the north of Manukau and 15 kilometres southeast of the Auckland CBD.


The suburb's name is Maori for battle of the sunlight or battle of the sun's rays. This peculiar name is the result of a legend about a battle between mythical nocturnal creatures. The battle raged fiercely until a Maori priest caused the sun to rise earlier than expected. Caught by surprise in the rays of the sun, the monsters perished.

Pakuranga itself had a low Maori population in the early days due to the swampy nature of much of the land. Three prominent pa were at Pigeon Mountain and two at Panmure on a cliff, at the intersection of the Tamaki River and the inlet to the Panmure Basin. During the attacks by Ngapuhi in the Musket wars in late September 1820, most of the population were killed, eaten, taken prisoner or fled south to the Waikato.

In early European times, it was a sparsely settled dairy farming area between the townships of Panmure and Howick. In the 1920s and 30s it was served by a bus that ran from Bucklands Beach known as the "shiek". In the 1930s a concrete road was built between these townships that improved transport times for people and milk. Although there had been a hinged steel bridge over the Tamaki River to Panmure from as early as 1866, it was not until the construction of a sturdier structure across the Tamaki River in the 1950s, coinciding with a demand for more settlement land and the increasing levels of car ownership, that Pakuranga became suburban. In fact, for a while in the 70s it was considered the typical New Zealand middle class suburb, 'Vim Valley', after 'a typical Pakuranga housewife' was featured in a famous cleaning product ad.

Many of the American style houses of the 1950s and 1960s are still noticeable but much of the appeal of the early suburb lay in the proximity of untouched countryside. Since the 1970s Pakuranga has been surrounded and engulfed by suburban developments on a much larger scale but of less architectural merit. Traffic travelling to and from these suburbs and the centre of Auckland is largely funnelled through the roadways of Pakuranga which has degraded the area somewhat as well.

Despite this today Pakuranga remains an attractive suburb, with some light industry, centred on the Pakuranga Town Centre 1965, the second built in New Zealand, now known as "The Plaza". The mall the second mall of the modern age in New Zealand, incorporating Farmers and George Court department stores. The mall itself has been transformed several times since it first went up and retains little of the 1960s style it once had. The Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts is located nearby.

Economy and amenities

Pakuranga Plaza

Pakuranga Plaza was established in 1965. It covers 28,000 m² with 1400 carparks. The plaza has 70 retailers, including Farmers, Countdown and The Warehouse.


Howick Historical Village is a recreation of a 19th century European settler village. It opened to the public in 1997.

Te Tuhi, an art gallery, opened in 1975.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 6,576 —    
2013 7,245 +1.39%
2018 7,689 +1.20%
Cul-De-Sac Northwest Pakuranga
A quiet cul-de-sac away from the main roads which dominate Pakuranga.

Pakuranga, comprising the statistical areas of Pakuranga West and Pakuranga Central, had a population of 7,689 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 444 people (6.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 1,113 people (16.9%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,418 households. There were 3,798 males and 3,888 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.98 males per female, with 1,521 people (19.8%) aged under 15 years, 1,719 (22.4%) aged 15 to 29, 3,411 (44.4%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,035 (13.5%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 44.4% European/Pākehā, 11.7% Māori, 13.2% Pacific peoples, 41.4% Asian, and 3.6% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 48.0%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 40.9% had no religion, 37.2% were Christian, and 16.4% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,494 (24.2%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 993 (16.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 3,225 (52.3%) people were employed full-time, 774 (12.5%) were part-time, and 213 (3.5%) were unemployed.

kids search engine
Pakuranga Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.