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Local authority Christchurch
Electoral ward Cashmere
Land area 241 ha (0.93 sq mi)*
Coordinates 43°33′43.34″S 172°37′26.26″E / 43.5620389°S 172.6239611°E / -43.5620389; 172.6239611
Population 6830 (June 2022)
North Spreydon
Northeast Sydenham
East Beckenham
South Cashmere
Southwest Hoon Hay
West Hillmorton
Northwest Barrington

Somerfield is a suburb in the south of Christchurch, New Zealand. It is nominally bordered by the Ōpāwaho / Heathcote River to the south and west, Strickland and Colombo Streets to the east, and Milton Street to the north. The suburb includes Somerfield School, Somerfield Park and a small number of shops which service the local area, although it is predominantly residential. Somerfield is also known for its wide variety of trees, especially along the banks of the Ōpāwaho / Heathcote River.


The suburb is nominally bordered by the Heathcote River, Strickland Street, Milton Street and Barrington Street. Somerfield School, Somerfield Park and a small number of shops are located in Somerfield. The suburb is predominantly residential and is known for its wide variety of trees, especially along the Heathcote River.

Somerfield Park
Somerfield Park, Christchurch


Edward Bishop, an early Mayor of Christchurch, was born at Somerfield House in Maidstone, Kent, England in 1811. He came to Christchurch on the Charlotte Jane with all his siblings, and together with his youngest brother Frederick Augustus Bishop (1818–1894) bought land south of Christchurch at the Heathcote River. They called their farm Somerfield, after their birthplace, and they appear on both the 1853 jury list and electoral roll as living there. Somerfield has since been adopted for the name of the suburb in that part of Christchurch. The 17-hectare (42-acre) property was in 1864 owned by Richard Packer, who in turn passed it on to his son Henry William Packer (1831–1890).


Somerfield covers 2.41 km2 (0.93 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 6830 as of June 2022, with a population density of 2834 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 6,516 —    
2013 6,774 +0.56%
2018 6,783 +0.03%

Somerfield had a population of 6,783 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 9 people (0.1%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 267 people (4.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 2,649 households. There were 3,216 males and 3,564 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.9 males per female, with 1,302 people (19.2%) aged under 15 years, 1,140 (16.8%) aged 15 to 29, 3,168 (46.7%) aged 30 to 64, and 1,176 (17.3%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 89.6% European/Pākehā, 8.0% Māori, 1.9% Pacific peoples, 6.6% 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 21.7%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.9% had no religion, 33.6% were Christian, 0.8% were Hindu, 0.5% were Muslim, 0.9% were Buddhist and 2.5% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,593 (29.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 828 (15.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 2,793 (51.0%) people were employed full-time, 804 (14.7%) were part-time, and 162 (3.0%) were unemployed.

Individual statistical areas
Name Population Households Median age Median income
Somerfield East 3,723 1,473 38.2 years $37,900
Somerfield West 3,060 1,176 43.0 years $30,400
New Zealand 37.4 years $31,800


Somerfield Te Kura Wairepo is a contributing primary school for years 1 to 6 with a roll of 449 students. The school opened in 1911.

Cashmere High School, Te iringa o Kahukura is a secondary school for years 9 to 13 with a roll of 2,347 students. The school opened in 1956 as Cashmere High School, and gained its Māori name of Te iringa o Kahukura in 1972.

Both schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of February 2024.

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