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St Martins
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Local authority Christchurch
Electoral ward Cashmere
Land area 105 ha (0.41 sq mi)*
Coordinates 43°33′23″S 172°39′10″E / 43.556479°S 172.652748°E / -43.556479; 172.652748
Population 2,770 (June 2021)
North Waltham
East Opawa
Southeast Hillsborough
South Huntsbury
West Beckenham
Northwest Sydenham

St Martins is an inner suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, located two kilometres south of the city centre. Primarily a residential area, St Martins is host to a small shopping mall complex situated on Wilsons Road, the main thoroughfare through the suburb.

Amenities include the Hansen, Centaurus and Saint Martins Parks.


St Martins covers 1.05 km2 (0.41 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 2,770 as of June 2021, with a population density of 2638 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 2,751 —    
2013 2,652 −0.52%
2018 2,721 +0.52%

St Martins had a population of 2,721 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 69 people (2.6%) since the 2013 census, and a decrease of 30 people (-1.1%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,107 households. There were 1,236 males and 1,482 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.83 males per female. The median age was 38.5 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 552 people (20.3%) aged under 15 years, 477 (17.5%) aged 15 to 29, 1,248 (45.9%) aged 30 to 64, and 447 (16.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 89.7% European/Pākehā, 7.1% Māori, 2.4% Pacific peoples, 4.9% Asian, and 3.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 23.4%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 54.7% had no religion, 35.6% were Christian, 0.6% were Hindu, 0.4% were Buddhist and 2.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 687 (31.7%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 303 (14.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $37,400, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,104 (50.9%) people were employed full-time, 357 (16.5%) were part-time, and 48 (2.2%) were unemployed.


Saint Martins School is a full primary school, which provides education for years 1 to 8. It has a roll of 525 students. The school opened in 1956.

Hillview Christian School is a state-integrated school for years 1 to 10. It has a roll of 519 students. The school was established in 1977 as St Martin Private School by the Evangelistic Church (now C3 Church Christchurch), and was originally open only to children of members of that church.

Both schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of July 2016.

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