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Three Kings
Big King from Mt Roskill.jpg
Big King from Mt Albert
Basic information
Local authority Auckland Council
Electoral ward Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa Ward
Population 3645 (2018)
Surrounds
North Mount Eden
East One Tree Hill, Royal Oak
South Hillsborough
West Mount Roskill

Three Kings is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand that is built around the Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta volcano. It is home to an ethnically diverse population of about 3,500 people.

Three Kings is located six kilometres south of the city centre, between the suburbs of Royal Oak and Mount Roskill.

Three Kings features a small shopping mall and supermarket complex called Three Kings Plaza. It also has a commercial area, and an accident and medical clinic. The Mount Roskill library is situated above the Fickling Convention Centre which hosts a wide range of community events.

Te Tātua-a-Riukiuta, also known as Three Kings, had three prominent peaks and a number of smaller peaks until most of them were quarried away, leaving a sole remaining large peak (often called Big King). It was probably the most complex volcano in the Auckland volcanic field.

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 3,273 —    
2013 3,333 +0.26%
2018 3,645 +1.81%
Three Kings panorama Auckland
View north-east from the summit of Big King, showing terracing on the slopes from when it was a Māori

Three Kings, comprising the statistical areas of Three Kings West and Three Kings East, had a population of 3,645 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 312 people (9.4%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 372 people (11.4%) since the 2006 census. There were 1,206 households. There were 1,743 males and 1,902 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.92 males per female, with 741 people (20.3%) aged under 15 years, 909 (24.9%) aged 15 to 29, 1,641 (45.0%) aged 30 to 64, and 357 (9.8%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 48.5% European/Pākehā, 8.6% Māori, 19.9% Pacific peoples, 29.1% Asian, and 5.3% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 40.6%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 42.1% had no religion, 39.3% were Christian, and 12.8% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 1,014 (34.9%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 378 (13.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 1,443 (49.7%) people were employed full-time, 432 (14.9%) were part-time, and 126 (4.3%) were unemployed.

Education

Three Kings School is a contributing primary school (years 1-6) with a roll of 525 students.

St Therese School is a state-integrated full primary Catholic school (years 1-8) with a roll of 127 students.

Central Auckland Specialist School is a school for students with high specialist educational needs. It has a roll of students.

All these schools are coeducational. Rolls are as of July 2016.

The local state secondary school is Mount Roskill Grammar School. Catholic students attend Marcellin College (coed), St Peter's College (boys) or Marist College (girls). The local intermediate is Mount Roskill Intermediate.

Notable people

  • Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland and former MP for the Mt Roskill electorate, attended Three Kings Primary School.
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