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Paraparaumu
Town
Country New Zealand
Region Wellington
Territorial authority Kapiti Coast District
Ward
  • Paraparaumu Ward
  • Raumati Ward
Area
 • Total 28.61 km2 (11.05 sq mi)
Population
 (June 2023)
 • Total 30,800
 • Density 1,076.5/km2 (2,788/sq mi)
Postcode(s)
5032
Area code(s) 04

Paraparaumu is a town in the south-western North Island of New Zealand. It lies on the Kapiti Coast, 55 kilometres (34 mi) north of the nation's capital city, Wellington.

Like other towns in the area, it has a partner settlement at the coast called Paraparaumu Beach, which lies directly opposite Kapiti Island. The two towns form part of the Kapiti Coast District. Together with the nearby Raumati Beach and Raumati South they are among the fastest-growing urban areas in New Zealand, and are major dormitory towns with workers commuting to the cities that make up the Wellington urban area. The four towns between them have a 2012 population of over 49,000 people. Inland behind Paraparaumu is the Maungakotukutuku area.

"Paraparaumu" is a Māori-language name meaning "scraps from an earth oven"; "parapara" means "dirt" or "scraps", and "umu" means "oven".

The village of Lindale is a located just north of the Paraparaumu town centre. It began as a Tourist and Agricultural Centre, but later gained a reputation for cheese and the Lindale Barnyard petting farm.

The old State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway both pass through Lindale. The railway line was formerly owned by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company, and construction of the line was completed when the ends from Wellington and Longburn (Palmerston North) met near Lindale in Otaihanga in 1886. There are proposals to extend the commuter train service, operated by Transdev Wellington to a new station at Lindale, subject to Wellington Regional Council funding.

Airport

Kapiti Coast Airport is a popular recreational airfield and hosts the Kapiti Aero Club. Air New Zealand has daily flights between the airport to Auckland, Sounds Air operate to Blenheim and Nelson. Locally based Air2there operate to Blenheim and Nelson also.

Climate

Paraparaumu has an oceanic climate typical of New Zealand, with moderately warm summers and mild winters. It has a quite high rainfall frequency year round, although it is drier than many other coastal areas in the country.

Climate data for Paraparaumu (1981-2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 29.0
(84.2)
29.9
(85.8)
30.0
(86.0)
26.3
(79.3)
22.6
(72.7)
19.9
(67.8)
19.0
(66.2)
20.6
(69.1)
21.7
(71.1)
22.7
(72.9)
25.6
(78.1)
29.2
(84.6)
30.0
(86.0)
Average high °C (°F) 21.1
(70.0)
21.5
(70.7)
20.1
(68.2)
17.7
(63.9)
15.5
(59.9)
13.3
(55.9)
12.6
(54.7)
13.2
(55.8)
14.6
(58.3)
15.8
(60.4)
17.5
(63.5)
19.5
(67.1)
16.8
(62.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.3
(63.1)
17.4
(63.3)
15.9
(60.6)
13.4
(56.1)
11.6
(52.9)
9.7
(49.5)
8.6
(47.5)
9.4
(48.9)
11.0
(51.8)
12.5
(54.5)
13.9
(57.0)
16.0
(60.8)
13.0
(55.4)
Average low °C (°F) 13.3
(55.9)
13.2
(55.8)
11.5
(52.7)
9.1
(48.4)
7.6
(45.7)
6.0
(42.8)
4.5
(40.1)
5.5
(41.9)
7.4
(45.3)
9.0
(48.2)
10.2
(50.4)
12.3
(54.1)
9.1
(48.4)
Record low °C (°F) 3.7
(38.7)
3.1
(37.6)
0.8
(33.4)
−1.0
(30.2)
−3.3
(26.1)
−4.4
(24.1)
−4.8
(23.4)
−3.5
(25.7)
−3.8
(25.2)
−1.7
(28.9)
0.0
(32.0)
2.6
(36.7)
−4.8
(23.4)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 52.7
(2.07)
70.6
(2.78)
59.8
(2.35)
61.3
(2.41)
76.1
(3.00)
92.5
(3.64)
75.4
(2.97)
91.9
(3.62)
75.8
(2.98)
108.2
(4.26)
72.7
(2.86)
81.4
(3.20)
922.3
(36.31)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 6.5 6.7 7.4 7.7 9.6 12.1 10.6 11.2 10.8 11.5 9.1 10.1 113.3
Source: Météo Climat

Transport

Airport

Kapiti Coast Airport has a few scheduled commercial flights and is a popular recreational airfield, hosting the Kapiti Aero Club. Air Chathams will have daily flights between the airport and Auckland from 20 August 2018, and Sounds Air operate to Blenheim and Nelson. Now defunct, locally based Air2there used operate to Blenheim and Nelson also.

Public transport

Paraparaumu is located on the North Island Main Trunk Railway (NIMT), on the Kapiti Line of Wellington's commuter railway network operated by Transdev under the Metlink brand. Electrified commuter services were extended to Waikanae on 20 February 2011. Korean built by Hyundai Rotem, FP/FT class electric multiple units operate the commuter trains.

Beyond Waikanae, KiwiRail's Tranz Scenic operates a diesel-hauled long distance passenger service: the Capital Connection between Palmerston North and Wellington. The Northern Explorer between Auckland and Wellington stopped in Papaparaumu to onboard scheduled passenger until it was discontinued in December 2021.

There are also feeder and local commuter bus services.

Economy

Retail

Coastlands Shopping Town opened in Paraparaumu in 1969. It has 1400 carparks and 94 shops, including Pak'nSave, The Warehouse, Farmers and Countdown.

Demographics

Paraparaumu is defined by Statistics New Zealand as a medium urban area and covers 28.61 km2 (11.05 sq mi), which includes Otaihanga, Paraparaumu Beach, Raumati Beach and Raumati South. It had an estimated population of 30,800 as of June 2023, with a population density of 1076.55 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 25,260 —    
2013 26,835 +0.87%
2018 28,701 +1.35%

Paraparaumu had a population of 28,701 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 1,866 people (7.0%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 3,441 people (13.6%) since the 2006 census. There were 11,379 households. There were 13,560 males and 15,138 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.9 males per female, with 5,199 people (18.1%) aged under 15 years, 4,302 (15.0%) aged 15 to 29, 12,489 (43.5%) aged 30 to 64, and 6,708 (23.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 89.1% European/Pākehā, 12.5% Māori, 3.1% Pacific peoples, 5.1% Asian, and 2.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 23.5%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.0% had no religion, 34.7% were Christian, 0.7% were Hindu, 0.1% were Muslim, 0.6% were Buddhist and 2.6% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 5,013 (21.3%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 3,876 (16.5%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 10,368 (44.1%) people were employed full-time, 3,333 (14.2%) were part-time, and 918 (3.9%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Paraparaumu Beach North 4,056 1,482 42.1 years $32,300
Paraparaumu Beach West 2,364 1,017 50.5 years $31,400
Paraparaumu Beach East 2,667 1,110 49.9 years $27,900
Otaihanga 804 306 46.3 years $37,800
Paraparaumu North 3,555 1,449 49.8 years $29,300
Paraparaumu Central 3,996 1,695 44.8 years $26,300
Raumati Beach West 2,865 1,155 45.8 years $36,800
Raumati Beach East 2,376 948 47.2 years $27,100
Paraparaumu East 2,265 801 41.7 years $25,700
Raumati South 3,753 1,416 42.8 years $36,900
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800

Sport

Paraparaumu was formerly represented in soccer by Paraparaumu United. They merged with the Raumati Hearts in 2003 to create Kapiti Coast United, which is based at Weka Park in Raumati.

The local athletics club is Paraparaumu Track and Field Club, which has both junior and senior members in conjunction with Athletics Wellington and Athletics New Zealand age grades. The club is based at the Paraparaumu Domain.

Paraparaumu Beach also has a golf course. It has hosted the New Zealand Open a total of 12 times, a record unsurpassed by any other course.

Education

Primary schools

Paraparaumu Beach School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 Students with a roll of 682 students.

Kapiti School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 136 as of April 2023.

Kenakena School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 538.

Our Lady of Kapiti School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students, with a roll of 243.

Secondary schools

Three secondary schools are located near the Paraparaumu township: Paraparaumu College in Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti College in Raumati Beach and Otaki College in Ōtaki.

Notable residents

Born in Paraparaumu

  • Christian Cullen – Rugby union footballer
  • Stephen Kearney – Rugby league footballer and coach
  • Wayne McIndoe – Field hockey player
  • Drew Neemia – C4's Select Live host
  • Andrew Niccol – Film director

Educated in Paraparaumu

  • Dane Coles at Paraparaumu College - All Blacks Player
  • Karl Kippenberger at Kapiti College - Bass Player Shihad
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